Veteran Becomes First Double Above-Knee Amputee to Summit Mt. Everest: ‘Anything Is Possible’

A British Army veteran on Friday became the first double above-knee amputee to summit Mount Everest, an accomplishment that is inspiring others.

Hari Budha Magar was determined to reach the 8,849-meter peak, and during a satellite phone conversation he spoke of the extreme difficulty he faced during the climb, ABC News reported Saturday.

“We just had to carry on and push for the top, no matter how much it hurt or how long it took,” he explained, adding that if he can do such a thing anyone can achieve their goals.

“No matter how big your dreams, no matter how challenging your disability, with the right mindset anything is possible,” he said.

In 2010 as a Corporal in the British Army’s Gurkha regiment, he lost his legs in Afghanistan when an IED exploded, according to his website.

But the loss did not keep him from achieving more and more. Since that time, he has worked to “positively transform the way people with a disability are perceived, and how they perceive themselves,” the site read.

In a social media post Monday, Magar shared images of himself at the summit of Mt. Everest and declared “WE DID IT!!!! Life is all about adaptation, Nothing is impossible.”

“We created history, a first of its kind!” he wrote:

“When things got really tough it was the thought of my amazing family and everyone who’s helped me get onto the mountain that pushed me to the top,” he commented.

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