CQ trekker Touliana misses out on Everest climb
THREE Central Queensland teens left for the trip of a lifetime yesterday.
But due to medical issues, the fourth CQ teen who was chosen to participate in the CQ Health Everest Trek, Touliana Hill, was unable to go.
In a statement released to The Morning Bulletin, the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service announced that Touliana did not join the group.
CQ Health chief executive Len Richards said that through no fault of her own, Touliana (pictured) was unable to receive medical clearance to participate on the trip. "Safety is a top priority, especially with a challenge such as this one," Mr Richards said.
"It's important to make sure that those participating will be able to cope with the change in altitude without falling ill.
"Touliana has put in a lot of work to prepare herself for this trip, and it is very disappointing for her and the others participating that she won't be able to follow through.
"As with any health challenge, we cannot give up, and we will be discussing with Touliana the possibility of working together so that she participates in the trek next year."