Former Canaries chief's Everest climb cut short, rushed to hospital.
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Former Canaries chief’s Everest climb cut short, rushed to hospital.

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Stuart Webber, former Norwich City sporting director, has been hospitalized with lung difficulties, thereby ending his dreams of climbing Mount Everest.

The 40-year-old Welshman had been aiming to climb the world’s highest peak in support of his charity, The Summit Foundation.

However, the charity issued a statement this evening announcing that the climb had to be cut short due to Webber’s hospitalisation.

It states that the former Canaries chief suffered from pulmonary edema, which is caused by fluid accumulation in the lungs, and is currently recovering.

Webber has raised more than £24,500 of a £50,000 goal and has been working hard in recent years to achieve his lifelong dream.

His message ends with: “I want to thank my wife Zoe, my son Sebastian, and those closest to me who have had to suffer in recent days and make sacrifices for our cause.

“This part of my life is over now as it was always a one-time goal.

“My aim is to recover, spend time with my family and move on to the next chapter of my life.”

Webber founded the foundation with his wife Zoe, City’s executive director, with the goal of assisting children from poor families.

The former Liverpool academy recruitment chief, who has also worked for Wolves, QPR, and Huddersfield, departed Norwich in November.

He oversaw two promotions to the Premier League as Championship winners alongside head coach Daniel Farke in 2019 and 2021, after joining in April 2017.

His preparations for the climb were hampered after he was accused of “casual racism” while discussing his charity, citing five of City’s black players as examples of those he intended to assist.

He had been filming the initial climbs in the Himalayas on his route to Everest in recent days, last updating on Sunday and stating that he was feeling poorly.

“We’ve just finished an acclimatisation walk up to 5,500m,” he informed Instagram followers.

“I felt horrific this morning when I woke up, had a sort of weird panic attack or whatever it was, about midnight.

“Bizarrely I’ve felt stronger as the day has gone on, so hopefully it’s just a little 24-hour bug or something.”

Webber’s statement in full

It is with a heavy heart that my Everest adventure has been cut short due to illness.

Over the last few days I developed a pulmonary edema while on a rotation and for three nights high in the mountains I suffered.

I was rushed to hospital where, fortunately, I received the treatment I desperately needed.

The doctor told me I was very lucky I got there in time – these words haunt me as I know what I could lose.

I have been told I cannot go back up the mountain because the risk of it happening again so soon is too high.

I would like to thank everyone for all the financial support, as well as the love that has been shown because this journey would not have been possible without you.

Although the trip has been cut short, I urge people to still sponsor as the money will go to a great cause and people.

Finally I want to thank my wife Zoe, my son Sebastian and those closest to me who have had to suffer in recent days and make sacrifices for this cause.


This part of my life is over now as it was always a one-time goal.

My aim is to recover, spend time with my family and move on to the next chapter of my life.

 

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