Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Man with half a body scales Kilimanjaro on his hands

A herd of elephants walk in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Amboseli game park in Kenya

A man with only half a body has scaled Mount Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak.

Canadian Spencer West, whose legs were amputated when he was just five due to a birth defect, scaled Africa’s highest peak with the encouragement of his two best friends.

The inspirational 31-year-old from Toronto who was born with sacral agenesis, a genetic spinal cord disorder that left his legs permanently crossed, scaled the lower slopes on his wheelchair, before completing the remaining 80% of the climb on his hands.

Speaking after the amazing feat this weeky, Mr West told the Daily Mail: “The summit sign seemed almost like a mirage. We looked around and realised that after seven gruelling days we had actually made it.

"The bleeding fingers and blisters were all worth it.”

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