Singaporean dies of altitude sickness in Nepal

Singaporean Amy Wong Kum Ling died in her hotel room. She wanted to take part in the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.
Singaporean Amy Wong Kum Ling died in her hotel room. She wanted to take part in the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.

NEPAL • A Singaporean woman died of altitude sickness at Lobuche village in the Khumjung area of Solukhumbu District in Nepal last Friday.

She has been identified as 46-year-old Amy Wong Kum Ling.

She arrived at Lobuche, a small village near Mount Everest, last Thursday to take part in the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, to be held tomorrow.

The marathon is named after the Sherpa and his British companion who first summitted Everest on May 29, 1953 - 64 years ago.

According to the Solukhumbu District Police Office, Ms Wong died in her hotel room.

Preparations were under way to send her body to Kathmandu for a post-mortem.

Her friend Dennis Quek posted a tribute to her on Facebook. "Amy left us suddenly yesterday morning.

"She succumbed to AMS (acute mountain sickness) at Lobuche, en route to Everest Base Camp.

"We will miss her dearly. The family is working to bring her home for a farewell service."

THE KATHMANDU POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 28, 2017, with the headline 'Singaporean dies of altitude sickness in Nepal'. Print Edition | Subscribe