By Emilia L Kingham, on 17 March 2016
I was recently contacted by the National Army Museum to consult and treat a fluid preserved specimen that is due to be displayed in their newly renovated museum. The specimen is the frostbitten, severed fingertips from Major Michael Patrick ‘Bronco’ Lane. Bronco Lane summitted Mount Everest in 1976, but during this expedition, ran into bad weather and was forced to remove his glove to attach an oxygen bottle to his face mask. An hour after he removed his glove, he found his hand had frozen. The fingertips were removed on his return to the UK.