Cape Town - Mrs South Africa, Nicole Capper, has been airlifted to Kathmandu hospital in Nepal, after experiencing respiratory complications during a Mount Everest expedition.
The 32-year-old mother of two, set out on the 18-day expedition on 4 April in an attempt to raise money for Rare Diseases South Africa. She was joined by seven South African trekkers on the journey.
The group had all safely reached base camp on Saturday and had begun their decent the following day. They are expected to reach the ground on Thursday.
According to felow climber Sarel Nong, Nicole started to experience high altitude sickness on Monday night.
He told the SABC: "We were still 4000m above sea level. We are only getting 50% of normal oxygen. She was airlifted this morning to Kathmandu hospital and we are expecting her to recover soon."
Speaking to The Juice, Mrs South Africa Media Officer Lisa Madibe said that Nicole had mentioned she "had a cold" during her last check-in.