Kiko Matthews, 36, nearly died of a life threatening pituitary tumour in 2009 causing Cushing’s disease. The rare condition makes the adrenal glands work overtime and can cause tumours, memory loss, psychosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, insomnia and muscle wastage. By the time Kiko was referred to King’s to have the tumour removed she was very ill. She had a second tumour removed in August 2017.
“Eight years ago, I could barely walk up the stairs. The 31 days I spent in King’s, including those spent in the Critical Care Unit, were the most horrendous of my life. My abiding memory is of seeing my mother's pain-stricken face each day, and seeing her fear that I was about to die. I am so grateful to King's staff and supporters for pulling me and my family through that awful time.”
"I have shown that anyone can attempt anything given the right attitude, belief, and support. I want to use my story to inspire women to challenge themselves."