Double Amputee Scales Mt Everest After Losing Legs In Earlier Attempt

Double amputee Chinese climber scales Mt Everest

Xia's dreams received a blow when the Nepal government was trying to formulate a law barring double amputees, blind and solo climbers from climbing the mountain. Sherpa is a veteran Nepalese mountaineer and has successfully climbed world's 14 highest mountains.

Speaking from the summit this week, Xia was quoted by the People's Daily telling a friend he had been preparing for the moment for 43 years. For two days and three nights the team endured subzero temperatures, made worse for Xia, who chose to lend his sleeping bag to a fellow climber who had fallen ill. As a result, he contracted severe frostbite, which eventually resulted in the amputation of his legs.

In 1996 his legs were amputated just below the knee after he was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.

Despite his injuries, he never abandoned the notion of reaching the summit. "It's not been easy for me to reach the peak of Mount Everest which I've dreamed of", he said. "I have to realise it", he said. "It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate", Xia told AFP in April before heading to the mountain. In 2016, a blizzard forced him to return while he was 200 feet away from the summit.

The successful climb was Mr Boyu's fifth attempt to reach the top of the 8,848-metre peak.

Another to make himself on Monday was an Australian who completed his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents in record time. However, the law wasn't passed finally as it was termed discriminatory by Nepalese courts.

He scripted history by becoming the first double amputee to climb the world's highest peak from Nepal side and second to climb the peak.

Trekkers rest at Everest Base Camp Nepal
Trekkers rest at Everest Base Camp Nepal

His son proudly took to social media to say his father had reached the summit.

Xia Boyu, 69, a double amputee who lost both his legs to frostbite 40 years ago on Everest, became the first Chinese with prosthetic legs to summit Everest.

Expert Sherpa guides are chosen to open up the path to the summit and fix ropes for other climbers.

"He has set the record of climbing Seven Summits in the shortest time of 117 days", said Ishwari Paudel, an official of the Himalayan Guides hiking company that handled logistics for the climber.

Climbers try to minimise the time they spend in the aptly named "Death Zone" - an area above 8,000 metres on Everest where there is less than a third of the oxygen found at sea level.

Plain has also been using his record attempt to raise money for charities the Surf Life Saving Association and SpinalCure Australia - two groups he has close associations with after his own injuries.

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