Luke travels to America to present his medical findings

King's School pupil Luke Holdsworth.
King's School pupil Luke Holdsworth.

A KING’S School pupil travelled to Washington DC in America this week to deliver a speech at a conference.

Sixth form pupil Luke Holdsworth hopped aboard a plane on Tuesday, bound for the International Society on Oxygen Transport to Tissue conference at Georgetown University on ‘Oxygen delivery deficit with fast ascent to high altitude and exercise’.

The transatlantic visit follows a trip to the Annupurna Base Camp in Nepal last year. Luke and fellow King’s boys were joined by school maths teacher Kevin Adams, whose experience includes climbing Mount Everest. It is this knowledge which enabled him to show Luke how to use basic medical equipment to measure each boy’s blood oxygen and heart rate on a regular basis.

Su Orrey, PA to headteacher Charles Dormer, said: “This information has never before been collated so meticulously nor regularly and it has been useful data for both the scientific and medical world.

“A London research hospital, St Bartholomew’s, has taken up the work in conjunction with Cambridge University, and Luke now finds himself at a University in America to present his findings on the same platform as doctors, researchers and professors from universities around the world.”