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Climbing for thrombectomy 



Known as the miracle treatment for stroke, thrombectomy, in some cases has stroke patients who received the treatment leaving hospital the next day.

However, this life saving treatment is not made available as much as you would think, with only a handful of hospitals in the UK who can carry out the treatment.

Dr Sanjeev Nayak, an expert in thrombectomy, who joined us on the SR Times Podcast as a guest and explained the procedure, has scaled a Himalayan mountain in order to raise funds for the UHNM Charity and spread awareness of thrombectomy.

Dr Nayak, along with spinal surgeon Sandeep Konduru, critical care doctor Nageswar Bandla, Dr Jag Boyapati and Dr Anil Surendran set off on their climb up the Mera Peak on 1 May.

Dr Sanjeev and his team faced challenges from the offset, due to adverse weather conditions all flights were grounded, so the team resorted in flying by helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla, “from the start everything was telling us no” Dr Nayak tells us.

The team faced snowstorms throughout their hike, yet they remained determined to reach the summit and fought on through worsening conditions.

Unfortunately, Dr Surendran and Konduru had been taken ill at altitude and were forced to return to ground.

Guides had advised Dr Nayak and co to abort the rest of their climb and start their descent, however, they remain resilient and continued to make the last push towards the summit.

The temperature continued to rapidly decline the higher the team hiked and Dr Nayak soon lost feeling in his feet and was experiencing excruciating pain. Despite trying to power on, Dr Nayak had realised he had hit his limit at 6,300 metres (20,699ft) and began his descent.

Dr Nayak’s other colleagues continued on another 50 metres (164ft) but driving winds forced them to also turnaround.

Dr Nayak and his team ought to be proud of their accomplishments throughout this hike, despite not reaching the summit, as they braved snowstorms that they were advised not to challenge and even battled through struggles to get to Lukla due to the grounded flights in Kathmandu.

This is not where the spreading of awareness of thrombectomy ends for Dr Nayak, who was a driving force in the Stroke Association’s ‘Saving Brains’ campaign. 

Currently only 3.3 per cent of UK patients who are eligible to undergo thrombectomy treatment actually do. Dr Nayak plans on continuing his work in raising awareness to make sure this percentage rises.