Healthy British woman dies at French ski resort after collapsing
Posted on 8:30pm Monday 23rd Jan 2012
A completely healthy 45 year-old British woman, Cheryl Fairbrother, died after collapsing next to her 19 year-old daughter whilst enjoying a skiing holiday in the Alps. She was collapsed on the ski lift whilst making the ascent up Monetier’s L-Yret at Serre Chevalier, the resort in south-east France where her daughter was working.
All attempts to resuscitate her in the chair lift and at the summit failed, and she died on her way to hospital. Fairbrother was out there for a week’s skiing with her partner of more than 25 years, Stephen Ramsden, who was on a more advanced slope when the tragedy occurred. The couple also have an 18 year old son named Matt who was not with the rest of the family and is currently in England.
Cheryl’s parents have stated that “We are not aware of any health problems. She was fit, did a lot of walking and running and ate healthily.” This makes the incident even more of a tragedy as there doesn’t seem to be a cause of death as of yet. Reports state that Cheryl went dizzy prior to collapsing, and the altitude certainly wouldn’t have helped the resuscitation attempts, with the air getting thinner.
Thoughts and prayers are with Cheryl’s family and friends