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LEUKAEMIA survivor Daniel Tuttle was on top of the world after a "brutal" trek to the highest place on earth.

Daniel, who beat leukaemia as a child, has completed a gruelling trip to the oxygen-starved heights of Mount Everest base camp.

The Nunthorpe lad was just 13 when he became the only child in the world to survive chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia without a bone marrow transplant.

And Daniel, who lives in Australia, has now reached a milestone it was once feared he would never see - his 30th birthday.

He celebrated with a challenging trek to Everest to raise money for Anthony Nolan, the UK's blood cancer charity and bone marrow register.

Daniel said: "It was a fantastic experience but it was really tough dealing with the altitude.

"There is so little oxygen up there. Taking a couple of steps is like running 100m.

"When we got to base camp my lips started turning blue and I started getting really bad headaches.

"On the night time God knows how cold it was.

Every stitch of clothing I had in my bag I had it on and it was still freezing. You could hardly sleep.

"It was brutal. It was harder than I expected.

"When we got to base camp there were several helicopters coming to take people back to Kathmandu because they were suf-f fering from altitude sick-k ness.

"In all honesty, it was the thought that I couldn't let the people down who sponsored me that pushed me through to the end.

"The place didn't even look real up there, almost like someone had painted the mountains in, a truly overwhelming view."

Daniel also saw the site of the recent avalanche tragedy, which killed 16 Sherpas. He enlisted a Sherpa for his own trek, adding: "He knew some of the Sherpas who had died but didn't talk about it."

Daniel said of his achievement: "I feel honoured to have done this for such a great cause.

"I'm just going to round the funds up to $5,000 and I think that should do it."


Pictures from Daniel's fundraising mission to Everest

Daniel was the first person in the world to survive chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia without a bone marrow transplant

Everest's base camp was a harsh environment for Daniel and other climbers
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 30, 2014
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