• Tennis Legend Navratilova admitted at Nairobi Hospital

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Dec 11, 2010-

Former World number one Tennis player Martina Navratilova’s is admitted at the Nairobi hospital after suffering from high altitude pulmonary oedema – an accumulation of fluid on the lungs while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Martina, who was forced to abandon the climb to the summit of Africa’s tallest Mountain on Thursday, four days into the climb that seeks to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Martina, who was leading a team of 27 fundraisers, was taken ill on the fourth day of the climb. She was assisted down the mountain by porters and driven to nearby Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre for assessment, then, as a precaution, she was flown to Nairobi hospital for further tests which showed she was suffering from high altitude pulmonary oedema.

Kenyan running legend Kip Keino visited fellow Laureus Academy Member Martina Navratilova at Nairobi Hospital on Saturday to wish her a speedy recovery.

Kip, who understands the effects of altitude after working for the mountain rescue team on Mt. Kenya before his running career took off, said: “I wish Martina well as she recovers in hospital. She is an incredible and courageous woman to undertake this challenge for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.”

Martina and Kip joined together at the Laureus supported Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) in Nairobi, Kenya, ahead of the climb on Saturday 4 December, one of the many projects that will benefit from the funds raised as a result of the Kilimanjaro climb.

Kip added: “The team and project participants at MYSA were very sad to hear the news that Martina was unable to reach the summit and wish her all the best for her recovery. 

Martina Navratilova and Kip Keino are members of the Laureus World Sports Academy , a unique association of 46 of the greatest living sporting legends who volunteer their time to act as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

The mission of the Laureus Foundation is to utilise the power of sport to address social challenges, such as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, crime, social exclusion, landmines awareness, violence, discrimination and health problems.

 

 


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