The Israeli who abandoned his quest to reach the summit of Mount Everest to rescue a Turkish climber will receive Israel’s Presidential Medal of Honor.
Nadav Ben Yehuda, 24, was informed that he will receive the award next month at President Shimon Peres’ residence in Jerusalem, Ynet reported.
Ben Yehuda carried the injured Turkish climber back to the base camp without scaling the last 300 yards to the top. He suffered frostbite in his fingers because he removed his gloves to keep a better grip on the injured climber during the rescue. He is still in danger of losing some of his fingers, though doctors have removed skin and flesh but no bone, he told Ynet. — jta