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WKU professor John All recovering after fall in Himalayas

MAY 22 UPDATE: The Associated Press interviewed WKU professor John All about his fall, rescue and recovery. Here’s a link: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-man-survives-fall-mountain-crevasse-nepal-23821660

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MAY 21 UPDATE: WKU professor John All posted the following update Wednesday morning on the ASCP Facebook page at http://mountainscience.org/:

Thanks everyone for the love and support. When I was shivering and bleeding and waiting for the chopper, the things I heard from the sat link kept me going. I checked myself out of the ICU today after a miraculous night of healing – not really an hospital type of guy. Injuries across my body but no single one will kill me. The worst was having a dislocated shoulder for 32 hours before they could re-set it – worst pain I have ever felt. Broken bones were only a humerous and five ribs. The internal bleeding has stopped and they said the accumulated blood will go away. Smashed knee, scarred left eye that won’t open all of the way, and that’s about it. I landed on my right arm and side so both of my feet and legs were miraculously unhurt. I am ready for a safe trip to Peru, but first I will work on interviews with Janardan Mainali on climate change impacts in local mountain communities. It will be a great distraction during the healing process. Thank you again for all of your wonderful, crucial support. I wouldn’t have survived without it.
John

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MAY 20 UPDATE: WKU professor John All was rescued by helicopter Monday night (Tuesday morning in Nepal) and is hospitalized in stable condition. For updates, visit the ASCP Facebook page at http://mountainscience.org/

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MAY 19 REPORT: WKU professor John All was injured Monday (May 19) when he fell down a 70-foot crevasse on Mount Himlung in the Himalayas.

According to his updates on the American Climber Science Program’s Facebook page, Dr. All’s injuries include a broken arm, broken ribs and internal bleeding. Dr. All was able to make it out of the crevasse and crawled back to his tent where he is awaiting a rescue team. Weather permitting, a Global Rescue helicopter is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Tuesday (7:45 p.m. Monday in Bowling Green) to reach Dr. All at Camp 2 on Himlung and take him to Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu.

“John All is one of our leading scientists, particularly in climate change,” WKU President Gary Ransdell said. “We are praying for a successful rescue and a full and speedy recovery and look forward to giving him a warm welcome back to campus.”

Dr. All, associate professor in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, is director of the American Climber Science Program, which is a research and conservation program of the American Alpine Club.

After a deadly avalanche last month shut down the 2014 climbing season on Mount Everest, Dr. All and his expedition moved to Mount Himlung to continue their climate research.

For updates, visit the ASCP Facebook page at http://mountainscience.org/

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