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August 29, 2012

20-yr-old medical student becomes youngest British woman to conquer Everest

     London: A medical student has become the youngest British woman to conquer Mt. Everest , despite suffering a life-threatening stroke on her first attempt, at 20,000 feet. Becky Bellworthy was left paralyzed by the stroke in May last year while attempting to break the record. But after recovering from the near fatal stroke she made a second attempt that was successful, despite doctors’ warnings it could happen again, and be much worse. “Reaching the summit was overwhelming. I didn’t dare to think I would actually make it to the top after what happened first time,” Bellworthy, now 20, said after successfully completing the expedition. According to the Daily Mail, Bellworthy had dreamt of climbing the Everest since she saw the peak for the first time during a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition to Nepal when she was 17. Shortly before her ill-fated first attempt at climbing the Everest last May, she had entered the record books as the youngest female climber ever to scale Baruntse, a deadly peak in the shadow of the world’s tallest mountain, the report said. She was determined to fulfill her ambitions to scale the Everest and, unknown to doctors and her parents, she arranged the trip almost immediately after flying back to the UK , the report added. In April, Becky began her second attempt, aided by a doctor travelling as part of the expedition. “I was jumping at every little ache and pain, and you get plenty of those on the way up. I knew if it happened again, even if I survived, I would never be able to climb again,” she said. On May 19th 2012, aged 20, she became the youngest British female climber ever to reach the Everest, a record broken by friend Leanna Shuttleworth, 19, just 24 hours later. Now, Bellworthy is putting her mountain climbing career on hold to concentrate on her medical training at the University of Southampton , where she is entering her second year, the report added.
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