It is believed that 34 year old Dr Strydom, who also goes by Marisa, fell ill from altitude sickness while descending from the summit at Mt Everest, and has died.
It is believed that 34 year old Dr Strydom, who also goes by Marisa, fell ill from altitude sickness while descending from the summit at Mt Everest, and has died. AAP Image - Monash University

Australian uni lecturer has died climbing Everest

A 34-year-old Melbourne woman has died after climbing to the summit of Mount Everest.

Dr Maria Strydom, who also goes by Marisa, was a finance lecturer at Monash University, and fell ill from altitude sickness while descending from the summit.

Her mother-in-law told the ABC that Dr Strydom's husband, Rob Gropel, was with her when she died, and he has since been brought down to Camp 2 where he will then travel to Kathmandu.

Dr Strydom was on her way down from Camp 4 to Camp 3 when she became sick, Pasang Phurba Sherpa, a board director at Seven Summit Treks, said.

"After reaching the summit yesterday she said she was feeling very weak and suffering from a loss of energy … signs of altitude sickness," Sherpa said on Sunday.

Read more at ABC News Online


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