Martina Navratilova was discharged from a Nairobi hospital after recovering from high-altitude pulmonary edema, which forced her to give up climbing Mount Kilimanjaro three days ago, organizers of the fundraising event said.
“I am feeling much better and really pleased to be going home,” the 18-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion said in a statement on the website of Laureus, the climb’s sponsor.
The 54-year-old was helped down Africa’s highest peak by porters after feeling unwell on the fourth day of the charity climb. Medical tests showed she was suffering from an accumulation of fluid in the lungs.
The nine-time Wimbledon champion had been leading a team of 27 climbers to raise money for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The charity supports community sports projects around the world.
Despite blizzards and torrential rain, 18 team members reached the 5,895-meter top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania yesterday.
“I was so pleased to hear that so many of them made it to the summit despite the weather conditions, and I hope people reward their efforts by continuing to donate,” to the Laureus charity, Navratilova said.