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Climbing Mt. Everest is a life-long dream for many people, and its increase in popularity has led to much recent attention in the media. Not without risk, more and more people attempt to summit the mountain every year, and as part of their preparation, purchase medical evacuation coverage from Ripcord.
How Ripcord’s Medical Evacuation Helped
A climber recently found himself back at Camp 2 after being unable to summit. Having previously been treated for symptoms related to a respiratory tract infection, the infection was exacerbated during the climb resulting in severe symptoms requiring evacuation. His Sherpa team had to halt his attempt and take him down to an altitude where an evacuation would be feasible after recognizing his worsening condition.
Unable to walk or speak at the time, the evacuation got him off the mountain, treated at a local facility, and ultimately home where he continues to recover.
It is well worth noting that the popularity of high-risk activities often come because of groups that work tirelessly to train and prepare climbers to perform at the peak of their abilities. Despite the best training, being prepared for emergencies is critical and the reason most adventurers trust Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.
DID YOU KNOW? Ripcord’s coverage far exceeds that of most travel insurance and medical evacuation coverage, including benefits for search and rescue.
Contact Ripcord today and ask about what medical evacuation covers, and any questions you have about buying medical evacuation insurance.
A Ripcord client experienced first-hand the benefits of travel insurance when his travel plans were interrupted for a planned trip to Argentina to climb Aconcagua. The mountain is the highest mountain in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres, and for many is the climb of a lifetime.
While on an unrelated ski trip in Antarctica, the same client suffered severe frostbite. His upcoming climb had to be canceled.
As a Ripcord client, he had elected to cover the full cost of his trip with our comprehensive travel insurance. When the trip was cancelled, he contacted Ripcord to file a claim and was reimbursed $12,600 – the full cost of his trip.
Contact Ripcord today to learn about our different types of travel insurance, the benefits of travel insurance and medical expense coverage, and any other questions about when to purchase travel insurance.
A climber with Ripcord’s medical evacuation coverage was on Mt Everest when he severely injured his ankle an hour and a half climb above Camp 2. His guide assessed the injury, supplied him with medication, and determined he needed immediate medical attention and could not descend under his own power.
His guide contacted Redpoint via sat phone, who immediately launched a helicopter rescue. In the meantime, the client’s guide and Sherpa team managed to carry him to Camp 2, where they rendezvoused with the waiting helicopter.
Redpoint evacuated the client to a Kathmandu hospital.
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Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel security risk company.
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Redpoint received a call from an attending doctor at the ER clinic at Everest Base Camp, indicating that a Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client was experiencing severe abdominal pain, lethargy, and nausea. Despite having started her trek several days before in good health, her pain escalated rapidly, and the pain in her lower abdomen grew worse with any movement or coughing.
Redpoint launched a helicopter from nearby Lukla to immediately rescue the Ripcord client. Using identifiers provided by Redpoint, the client was spotted by the helo team upon landing and rushed to Katmandu for a thorough examination.
She was diagnosed with kidney stones in both kidneys and remained in the hospital for several days for treatment before transport home to New Zealand.
Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel security risk company, owned and operated by physicians and special operations veterans.
An 82-year-old woman was traveling with her sister on a polar cruise to Antarctica. The trip took them to some of the world’s most rugged and remote terrain, to explore the enormous beauty of the Antarctic and its surrounding islands.
Midtrip, while crossing the Drake Passage, she fell ill with complaints of weakness and difficulty breathing. The ship’s doctor advised that she needed to be seen at a medical facility quickly as to rule out any other potential medical concerns and definitively treat the suspected pneumonia, a potentially life-threatening situation.
The ship’s captain liaised with Redpoint’s medical team, who arranged for an immediate transport from nearby King George’s Island, to a trusted medical facility in Punto Arenas, Chile. Redpoint’s local air provider and the medical facility arranged to fly a doctor on a medically equipped jet to meet with the patient and accompany her back to Chile.
Upon arrival, she was diagnosed with pneumonia and treated with a course of antibiotics over several days until she was ready to travel. She has since recovered, and she and her sister are back home in the US.
Although she had been cleared to travel by her primary physician, pneumonia is a severe diagnosis for the elderly, and can often arise with little warning. Immediate and quality medical attention is critical, and we strongly urge any traveler to be sure they have evacuation programs in place, regardless of age.
Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.