Mimi completes Ecuador mountain challenge
PUBLISHED: 17:15 29 July 2015
She described the challenge as the 'hardest, scariest, most challenging, rewarding, eye opening, proudest thing' she has ever done.
A Honiton transplant patient has climbed several mountains in Ecuador to raise valuable funds for a pioneering organ care system.
Mimi Cook, of Butts Close, joined several other heart and lung transplant patients for the fundraising mountain mission.
The group believes they have recorded the highest climb ascent ever by a group of transplant recipients. Through the climb, they raised funds towards buying Harefield Hospital a £20,000 organ care system.
Former Honiton Community College student Mimi was born with cardiomyopathy, a condition which affected a ventricle in her heart, meaning it did not work properly.
She said: “The challenge was the hardest, scariest, most challenging, rewarding, eye opening, proudest thing I have ever done.
“I never thought it possible for me to achieve what I was able to achieve in Ecuador. It was very hard - and physically, something I have never attempted before.
Mimi said she particularly struggled with the altitude, which got ever-thinner as she embarked up the peaks. She even blacked out once when she ascended from 3,000 feet 4,000 within a matter of minutes.
“Altitude is something that you can’t train or prepare for, and it was something that hit the team hard, some harder than others,” she added.
“It was incredibly hard - you could never catch your breath, even if you were not doing anything.”
The team also faced troubles with severe weather when they attempted to summit Mount Cayambe, facing howling winds and freezing rain.
“We tackled 25mph winds with gusts of 35pmh, rain and sleet, freezing temperatures and visibility of only a few meters in front of you,” said Mimi. “Everyone struggled massively including the local guides we had with us. One team member was able, with immense strength, to reach the summit. I was able to reach a personal best of 4850m.
“I am incredibly proud of this as this was definitely the hardest climb of the entire trip.”
Mimi is still accepting sponsorship for her climb - visit www.gofundme.com/ClimbingformyDoner