NAMING her child after the surgeon that helped save his life was not enough for Rebecca Cusworth.
That’s why the mum-of-two from Wallington took part in a mammoth rowing challenge to raise money for Queen Alexandra Hospital.
We named our son James Marwan Cusworth after Mr Salloum, but I still wanted to give something back to him and the incredible team that took such great care of us during our stay at QARebecca Cusworth
In total, £1,706 was raised by Rebecca, who took part in a rowing race in the Mediterranean Sea, with the cash being donated to the obstetrics unit at QA to buy a new ultrasound scanner.
Rebecca was 20 weeks pregnant with her son James when Marwan Salloum, a consultant obstetrician, diagnosed her with a rare condition called placenta accreta.
The condition, which affects fewer than one in 2,500 births, happens when the baby’s placenta attaches itself to scar tissue from a previous caesarean, and goes through the wall of the womb and into the bladder.
If left unidentified, it is a life-threatening condition.
Rebecca said: ‘The surgery to save us both would normally involve a traumatic operation but instead, Mr Salloum performed a less invasive procedure.
‘It was only the fifth time it had been done in the UK and it meant that James and I were ready to leave hospital within only 10 days.
‘We named our son James Marwan Cusworth after Mr Salloum, but I still wanted to give something back to him and the incredible team that took such great care of us during our stay at QA.’
Rebecca flew out to Sardinia to begin a 300-mile rowing race to Barcelona.
Unfortunately, the first race from Barcelona to Sardinia was ruined by a storm.
The race organisers changed the route of the second race so Rebecca and her team of four women would be rowing from Sardinia to Menorca instead.
Rebecca added: ‘We were all set to start, then on the morning of the race, one of our crew had a medical emergency that meant that she was unable to race and neither was her mum, who was also a part of our crew.
‘An hour before the race start, we drafted in two men from another boat and we were off.
‘We had covered 118 miles and endured a storm. It was an incredible challenge which I am glad to have been a part of.’