Hari Budha Magar has always had a lifelong dream to climb Mount Everest. But when he lost both his legs to an IED when on patrol in Afghanistan, most people’s dream of climbing the tallest mountain in the world one day, would have come to an end.
But this wasn’t the case for Hari. He explains, "Having a disability does not have to be life limiting, whatever is thrown at you, you can live life to the full. But changing this perception will be a bigger battle than climbing Everest.”
Around 12-15% of the world’s population have some kind of disability. That’s nearly 1 billion people worldwide. In summiting Everest he hopes to inspire other people facing similar circumstances to believe anything is possible with the right mindset.
And he has done just that. On 19th May, at around 3pm, Hari conquered Everest! Standing proud at the top of the world’s tallest mountain breaking the record of being the first ever double above knee amputee to achieve this. Thirteen years after losing his legs in Afghanistan, Hari has proved disability is no barrier to reaching the 8,849-meter peak.
The climb took 25 hours from camp 4 to the summit and then back to camp 4. Battling weather conditions, tough decisions had to be made throughout the way but with resilience, bravery and the refusal to give up, Hari and his team are so glad they made it.
Hari is so proud of his achievement and motivates others too, “Nothing is Impossible. We can achieve our dreams, if they can adapt their life according to the time and situation. We all can live a meaningful life with dignity and respect.”
As part of the expedition, Hari was raising money for 5 key charities that have helped him when he was at a dark time in his life, including our charity partner Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.
Hari will be eternally grateful to Blesma. They helped him learn that his life was not over. That it is simply different. Which has given him the confidence to acheive his dream.
Blesma are dedicated to assisting serving and ex-service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the loss of use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight. You can support people just like Hari, who want to achieve their dreams when they have been through so much by playing make a smile lottery in support of Blesma.
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