Canada: 31-year-old, from Toronto- who lost his legs when he was just five years old – reached the summit of the 19,341ft high Mt. Kilimanjaro in the year 2012 after a slow, gruelling and awe-inspiring trek.
Mr West was born with sacral agenesis, a genetic disorder that left his lower spine poorly developed and his legs permanently crossed.
He had his legs removed below the knees at the age of three and, two-years-later, had them amputated to below his pelvis.
Doctors told the courageous Canadian that he will live a disabled life but he has continued to defy doctors his entire life.
He trained for a year to mount the tallest peak in Africa without legs and set off on June 12 with best friends David Johnson and Alex Meers.
The trek to the top took seven days, and included hiking through jungles, deserts and snowfields. West was forced to make 80 per cent of the journey on his hands, only hopping in a custom-made wheelchair when the terrain allowed.
The trio reached the top after an exhausting seven hour hike.
West said,’I set out to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro not only to redefine what’s possible for me, but to inspire others to overcome obstacles and challenges of their own, and to give back to communities, that need our help.”
‘Reaching the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro was the most mentally and physically challenging thing I have ever done, but in doing so, it reinforced the powerful message behind believing in you, and believing in others.
‘So many people made this journey possible for me and I am so humbled by everyone’s support.’
His incredible journey has raised more than £300,000 for Free the Children, a charity which brings sustainable to thousands of Kenyans experiencing drought.
Source: Daily Mail
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