October 3rd, 2008
02:39 PM ET

Everyone in our group got altitude sickness

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

While on assignment in the mountains of Peru, Dr. Sanjay Gupta experienced the dangers of altitude sickness firsthand. After ten minutes of pure oxygen treatments, he felt much better and returned to work reporting on a dangerous public health threat in a nearby village.

Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Global 360° • Planet in Peril
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Anna, HK

    My friends & I suffered from altitude sickness when we were in Tibet a few years ago. We had driven to Lhasa from Kathmandu, as we had thought travelling by vehicle would gradually minimise the effects of the thin air further up.... not so. Though none of us required oxygen, we did have splitting headaches. We drank lots of water & moved slowly... till we acclimatised to the thin air – this took us a couple of days. Afterwards, we found out that the preferred route was to fly into Chengdu, stay for 1-2 days, before flying into Lhasa!

    However, if you only have a very limited time to be in the area, then I guess oxygen is essential...

    October 4, 2008 at 11:40 am |
  2. Allen Hugh

    Everyone has been singing Governor Palin's ability to speak to the American people. I kept wondering about how much she was talking to Senator Biden.

    Didn't the McCain campaign fight to have it where the candidates could not speak to one another? Perhaps I heard this wrong, but I was pretty sure the debators were not to address each other.

    I wish that had been the case. Palin's antics played like a poorly written sitcom; she would have faired better to this undecided voter by speaking more to me and less to a man who out performed her on every level of debate last night.

    October 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  3. keseera

    Anderson Cooper, after the Biden and Palin Debate, Roland S. Martin could not finish what he was saying because you kept cutting him off.
    i would like to know what he thinks. go back and check the tape it was very bad.

    October 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  4. Dee, New York

    I guess it happens to the best of us. Our daughter who is an RN was on her way to Machu Picchu on a tour bus. She noticed that native people were taking aspirin and munching on coca leaves before boarding the bus. She did not follow their advice and wound up keeling over on the bus. Glad that you are recovered.

    October 3, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  5. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi Dr. Gupta,
    Man! You looked very miserable, glad you could get some oxygen. I've never had altitude sickness, and hardly ever have headaches, but it sounds horrible! Glad that you feel better, thanks for all your hard work to enlighten everyone with important issues. I'm looking forward to Planet in Peril II – Battlelines. Take care.

    October 3, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  6. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Sanjay
    You did and do a so verry good job for Planet in Peril.I am verry sorry for your sickness.Hope you feel better.Take care for yourself.You are in my minde.

    October 3, 2008 at 2:52 pm |