Australian man who lost his wife on Mt Everest out of hospital

An Australian man in a serious condition after summiting Mount Everest with his wife, who sadly lost her life, has reportedly left a hospital in Nepal.

Melbourne vet Robert Gropel was taken by helicopter from the mountain to Kathmandu on Monday.

He and wife Maria Strydom were diagnosed with altitude sickness on the weekend but she didn’t survive.


Mr Gropel has been reunited with his parents.  They flew over to help him bring his wife’s body back to Kathmandu from the 8000 metre mark on the mountain and then on to Australia.