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Hiker suffers peritonitis while climbing Duarte Peak

A Duarte Peak hiker, Amador Espinosa, narrowly saved his life after suffering from peritonitis. He was rescued by the Air Force last week. While hiking with a group up the largest mountain in the Caribbean, the Pico Duarte, he suffered a peritonitis attack, or an intense pain from inflammation of tissue inside the abdomen.

His group contacted the General Command of the Dominican Air Force that coordinated the rescue on Sunday, 5 November 2017. Nevertheless, the weather conditions on that afternoon did not allow for the rescue. There was scarce visibility, strong winds and a 10C temperature.

The effort was tried again on Monday, 6 November, when a rescue team left from the San Isidro Air Force Base at 7:10am. On board helicopter FARD-3069, piloted by Major Martínez Bautista and First Lieutenant Restitutyo Matos, was an Air Force doctor and a rescue expert from the Search and Rescue Squad of the Air Force.

They were able to reach Compartición resting stop, that is located at 8,000 feet where Espinosa was awaiting in critical condition. He was transferred to the San Isidro Air Base and taken to the Military Hospital Dr. Ramon de Lara where he received medical attention by Air Force specialists.

Source: DR1, Eldia

Nov 11, 2017

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