Tumour survivor breaks Atlantic recordNo Diabetes XXL2018-03-24T17:16:12+00:00
A brain tumour survivor has demolished “the worlds” register for the fastest transatlantic intersection by a female rower.
Kiko Matthews, 36, rowed the 21 ft-long Soma of Essex for up to 16 hours per day, sleeping in two-hour shifts.
Shaving almost a week off the previous record, Ms Matthews roamed 3,000 admiralty mile from Gran Canaria to Barbados in 49 days.
She said she wanted to “inspire wives to challenge themselves.”
Ms Matthews, who grew up in Herefordshire but now lives in London, was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease in 2009.
‘A bit proud’
The uncommon health can cause tumor, memory loss, psychosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, insomnia and muscle wastage.
She had a second tumour removed in August 2017 whilst she was in trained for the Atlantic crossing.
Ms Matthews was greeted by her parents, brother and nephew when she arrived in Barbados at 23:30 GMT.
“The thought that, eight few months ago, I was lying in hospital having my brain operate and maintain, and now I am now having rowed the Atlantic, I approximate I am a little bit proud”, she said.
“I have shown that anyone can strive anything given the right sentiment, idea, and support.
“I want to use my narration to arouse gals to invite themselves.”
Her exertions have so far created more than PS70, 000 to help build a brand-new intensive care unit at London’s King’s College Hospital, where she received life-saving treatment.
The previous preserve for the most wonderful span was 56 days.
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