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Becky refuses to be beaten by Everest
10:00am Monday 2nd April 2012 in News
Becky Bellworthy’s not the sort of girl to let anything beat her – even Mount Everest.
The determined Romsey medical student was taken off the mountain last year suffering from altitude sickness, but this week she flies out for a second attempt on the world’s highest peak.
Last year, it was feared Becky had suffered a mini-stroke while at Camp Two, 6,400m above sea level. She complained of paralysis in her left arm and hand. Then the left side of her face drooped and her speech became slurred.
An MRI scan a few days later revealed no signs of stroke and it was believed that Becky may have suffered a severe form of migraine.
Becky, 20, has since been cleared by medical experts to make a fresh bid to become the youngest British woman to conquer the mountain.
She described her experience last year as “a bit of a fluke”.
“This time I’ve got to take things steady and listen This week she flies out for Katmandu, via Mumbai, to join the expedition organised by Henry Todd. By April 14, she should have reached base camp and a month later she hopes to be on top of the world.
Becky, who is in the first year of a medical degree at the University of Southampton, has been given an extra six-weeks’ Easter holiday by her tutors, but she will be doing course work on the mountain.
She is undertaking a project on the psychology of Everest. “I’ll be looking at people’s motivations for climbing it,” she said.
However, she admitted she hated it when anybody asked her why she risked her life at high altitude Becky says that even if she makes it to the summit of Everest, that will not be the end of her adventures.
She said she had a “to do before I’m 25 list” which included cycling from John o’ Groats to Land’s End in seven days and swimming the Channel, all of which will have to be fitted in around her medical studies.
Becky hopes to write a blog of her progress on Everest and will be posting regular updates on beckybellworthy/twitter.com. This year, her climb will raise money for the charity, Women for Women, which helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives, and Becky will be carrying the organisation’s flag in her rucksack.
You can sponsor Becky online at justgiving.com/beckyeverest.