British Ex-Army Man Turns Back 500 Meters From Mt. Everest Summit To Save Dying Indian Mother

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Leslie Binns was only 500 meters from the summit of Mount Everest when he heard screams.

“I helped her upright and looked at her oxygen regulator. It was registering empty.”

The British war veteran could see the Everest summit – but instead he chose to cancel his lifelong dream of conquering the highest mountain of the world. In his mind was suddenly a greater, nobler task – saving the life of Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman. On the way down, they met another stricken climber who joined them, but due to exhaustion, they were unable to get him to the camp after an exhausting descent.
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Sunita told the Daily Mail that she owes her life to the 42-year-old Binns, and the ex-serviceman said he was ‘extremely proud’ in having rescued her. His only regret? Not having saved another climber whose cries he heard outside his tent.
He told the BBC: ‘I truly regret not being able to do anything more for him. But I had nothing left in me that night and I tried my level best to rescue him, but he could not be moved,’ he said.

‘I am immensely proud that I helped Sunita. I just wish I could have done more.’

Mr Binns’s army career has seen him serve in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and he has received two medals, including the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

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Binns had headed to Nepal on the 4th of April, and was scheduled to reach the summit on May 22. He told a local news TV channel about his decision: “Of course I felt sad because I could not climb the summit. But I am happy that I have saved a life. I have received messages from many people. It really feels good.”

Hazra was set to become the first Bengali mom to reach the summit.“I owe my life to him. I could return home to see my child. What else can I say?” She told Hindustan Times
Source: indiatimes | 1

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