The Scottish mountain climber Jamie Andrew has become the first men who climbed peak Matterhorn in the Alps,with his arms and leg amputated 17 years ago.
The Matterhorn (German), Monte Cervino (Italian) or Mont Cervin (French), is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 4,478 meters (14,690 ft) high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps.
In January 1999 Andrew and his friend Jamie Fisher got caught in a storm after having climbed the north face of Les Droites in the Mont Blanc massif.
Having made it up to the north face ,the two men were beset by snow, winds of 90 mph and temperatures of -30°C, during 7 days, for the following four nights.
On the last night ,Fisher died of hypothermia. Despite having developed frostbite, Andrew survived the experience, being helicoptered off the mountain by the French rescue services.
After The Accident
Amputation of all four limbs was necessary to save Andrew’s life from septic shock. After he recovered from the surgery, he spent several months in rehabilitation. In order to continue his life as normal as possible, prosthesis were made for him.
He had to learn how to walk all over again. After his first walk (with no hands or feet) up on Blackford Hill,Andrew took part in snowboarding,skiing,paragliding,running,hill walking,rock climbing,caving and mountaineering.
He has walked up Ben Nevis, London Marathon and Kilimanjaro with three other disabled mountaineer for charity purpose.
In 2012 Andrew climbed the Olympic Stadium of the London 2012 games as part of Channel 4’s “Meet the Super humans” campaign to launch the Paralympic Games.
Andrew gives talks throughout the UK and in 2004 published the book Life and Limb which tells his story.
And yet,after all this trouble he has been in,he never lost his will for LIFE!