Former teacher who underwent brain surgery eight months ago takes world record

first_imgKiko Matthews (centre), 36, with family members after arriving in Port St.Charles, Barbados.Credit:PA Kiko Matthews New OFFICIAL time is 49days 8hrs and 13 mins! I have struggled with days and times on a daily basis but figured out the first passing of 24hrs is 0 days not 1! I’m not complaining though!!— Kiko Matthews (@Kikomatthews) March 23, 2018 “I want to use my story to inspire women to challenge themselves.”She arrived in Barbados late on Thursday after 50 days at sea to be greeted by her parents, brother and nephew. Kiko Matthews In a modest reaction as she stepped off the boat, she said she was “a bit proud” of her achievement and hoped her story could inspire others.”The thought that, eight months ago, I was lying in hospital having my brain operated on, and now I am here having rowed the Atlantic, I guess I am a bit proud. Congratulations to @Kikomatthews for rowing across the atlantic, alone, unsupported and in only 50 days breaking the world record! All in support of @KingsCollegeNHS who saved her life.Inspirational achievement, simply amazing 😊 #KikoRow!!!— Olivia Swabey (@oliviaosteo) March 22, 2018 Her efforts in rowing 3,000 nautical miles from Gran Canaria have so far raised more than £90,000 to help build a new intensive care unit at the hospital.In a message on a fundraising page, she added her thanks to those who had donated money, saying she could not have done it without them.Ben Fogle was one of a number of people to congratulate her. A former teacher who was undergoing brain surgery just eight months ago has become the fastest female to cross the Atlantic solo.Kiko Matthews,  who had never rowed before taking on the feat, broke the world record and completing the challenge in 49 days 8 hours and 13 minutes.The previous title of 56 days was held by Anne Quéméré, of France.Ms Matthews nearly died after being struck down with Cushing’s disease in 2009 and suffered a second tumour last year.center_img The charity co-founder, who had never rowed before taking on the feat, nearly died after being struck down with Cushing’s disease in 2009.Credit:PA “I have shown that anyone can attempt anything given the right attitude, belief, and support. Kiko Matthews, 36, arriving in Port St.Charles, Barbados.Credit:PA Kiko Matthews Massive congratulations to @Kikomatthews on your world record Atlantic crossing #KikoRow— Ben Fogle (@Benfogle) March 23, 2018 Following life-saving treatment in London’s King’s College Hospital, the 36-year-old, from Herefordshire, said she was determined to raise funds in gratitude.Ms Matthews, who left her job as a science teacher to help found The Big Stand charity and a paddle-boarding business, suffered symptoms including memory loss, insomnia and osteoporosis during her illness. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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