Man with half a body scales Kilimanjaro on his hands
Published 22/06/2012 | 11:54
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.”