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Maria Strydom’s body home

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Dr Strydom, 34, was climbing with her husband Rob Gropel when she fell ill with altitude sickness just 15 minutes from the summit.

The Melbourne university lecturer died in her husband’s arms on May 20.

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Mr Gropel said he blamed himself for her death because he went on to the summit without herafter she encouraged him to do so.

He said his wife struggled during their descent to Camp 4 where she briefly improved, but she took a turn for the worse when they set off to Camp 3 where a rescue could have been possible.

Dr Strydom’s mother, Maritha Strydom, said she was glad the couple had been together in her daughter’s final moments.

Family and friends established a fund to raise the money needed to bring her body home.

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