Mimi is gearing up for a mammoth mountain trek

PUBLISHED: 14:34 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:34 31 March 2015

Mimi Cook is ready for her trek around Equador. Ref mhh 1917-13-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Mimi Cook is ready for her trek around Equador. Ref mhh 1917-13-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Mimi Cook will climb Mount Cotopaxi, in Ecuador, with 19 other transplant survivors to raise money for a pioneering organ care system.

A Honiton woman and transplant survivor is looking to smash a world record when she takes on a mammoth mountain climb in June.

Mimi Cook, 22, of Butts Close, will climb Mount Cotopaxi, in Ecuador, with 19 other transplant survivors to raise money for a pioneering organ care system.

If completed, the group will have climbed to the highest altitude a transplant survivor has ever managed.

The former Honiton Community College student was born with cardiomyopathy, a condition which affected a ventricle in her heart, meaning it did not work properly.

“After just over a year of being kept stable on medication, I took a turn for the worst and was put on to the emergency transplant list.” she said.

“After just six weeks on the list, my parents got my call and I received my life-saving heart transplant, aged 18 months old exactly.”

Mimi has to visit Harefield Hospital in Middlesex twice a year for checkups, and was recently selected by a surgeon there to take on the fundraising mission.

She has since travelled to Scotland to partake in a gruelling acclimatisation exercise, and needs to raise £6,000 in sponsorship to cover the cost of her trip.

“The final aim and hope for our expedition is to be able to raise enough to to buy Harefield an Organ Care System,” she said.

“This is the latest technology, which allows a donated organ to be kept alive for up to 12 hours once it has been removed from the donor, as opposed to the average two to three hours on ice.”

Mimi also urged people to sign up to the organ donor list, adding: “I think being on the list is such an important thing.

“You have to have a very good reason not to. I always ask the question: if you are ill, would you be willing to accept an organ to make yourself better?

“Most people would say yes because they do not want to die. I am proof that it works. I have had a normal life because somebody gave me their heart.”

To sponsor Mimi, check out her online fundraising page: www.gofundme.com/ClimbingformyDoner.

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