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Navratilova stricken on Kilimanjaro climb

Tennis star Martina Navratilova was hospitalized in Kenya because of fluid accumulation in her lungs after attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. She is expected to recover.

Tennis star

Martina Navratilova

was hospitalized in Kenya because of fluid accumulation in her lungs after attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. She is expected to recover.

Navratilova, 54, was diagnosed with high-altitude pulmonary edema, Dr. David Silverstein, a consultant in cardiology and internal medicine at Nairobi Hospital, said yesterday. She is expected to spend 2 to 3 days in the hospital.

Navratilova was assisted down Africa's highest peak by porters and driven to the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. She had reached nearly 14,800 feet when forced to give up, according to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. She was flown to the Nairobi Hospital for more tests.

She was making the climb to raise money and awareness for the sports foundation. The 27-member team faced heavy snows and mist since beginning the trek Monday up the 19,340-foot mountain.

Silverstein said there should be no effect on her long-term health. Navratilova was diagnosed with a noninvasive form of breast cancer in April.


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