Rutland adventurer Sarah Outen is in hospital being treated for pneumonia after returning home from her record-breaking solo row across the north Atlantic ocean.
Former Stamford High School pupil, Sarah, 28, from Oakham, arrived in Adak in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska on September 23, after a 150 day voyage of 3,750 nautical miles.
The row was part of Sarah’s longer expedition, London2London: Via the World, to complete a loop of the planet by human power alone. On Wednesday Sarah flew back to the UK from New York, where she met up with fiancée Lucy Allen, but on Thursday night she was taken to hospital struggling to breathe.
Sarah was admitted with a suspected pulmonary embolism but after a scan she was diagnosed with pneumonia and is also being treated for deep vein thrombosis as a precaution.
Sarah said: “While not at my healthiest in New York City, I’m happy my body held out its latest surprises until we got home.
“My GP prescribed various things for various infections and an apparent ‘What the heck is going on here?’ type reaction by my body to all the recent changes.
“On Thursday morning and that evening, struggling to breathe, Lucy took me to hospital.”
On Saturday Sarah said: “Two nights inside and I am feeling a lot better.
“I still [have] a way to go but definitely heading down the right track.”
Sarah said she hopes to recover quickly because she is planning to start her training with team mate, Justine Curgenven, at the end of the month.
The two women are preparing to kayak from the Aleutian Islands through the archipelago to mainland Alaska in the spring.
From there she cycle across Canada and North America, before rowing solo across the Atlantic back to the UK by autumn 2015.