Everest: Jamie McAnsh climbs to base camp on crutches

A man on crutches has reached Everest base camp – eight years after waking up paralysed. Jamie McAnsh, from Cwmbran, Torfaen, has complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) which causes persistent severe and debilitating pain. But after an 11-day trek, Jamie has realised his childhood dream and reached base camp at 5,364m (17,600ft).

“There were times on this challenge where I didn’t think I was going to make it,” he said. “I was absolutely exhausted. It’s been an emotional time,” Jamie told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast: “It didn’t really hit me that I had done it until the next day.”

On 6 January 2014, Jamie went to bed “as normal,” but woke up the next morning paralysed from the waist down after rupturing his spine in his sleep. It took another 13 months for Jamie to be diagnosed with CRPS, which has no cure but often gradually improves over time. He had to learn to walk again – and after a gruelling recovery he has regained some of his mobility but still relies on crutches to walk.

“One of the hardest things the team had to think about was where to put their feet, but I had to think about where to put my feet and my crutches,” he said after completing his Everest challenge.

Jamie already has his next challenge in his sights, but this one is a bit closer to home. “I’ve always loved Everest, but I’ve always loved Wales, so the 800-mile coastal path is definitely up there on my list,” he said.


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Charles Ghose graduated the University Of Greenwich London with a BA in Communications and Media. His university life was very enriched by his very active participation in various University societies. Charles ran the gamut of campus student communities; he was involved with the Politics and Debate Societies, Students Union, and University Of Greenwich Choir, and chamber choir. Charles Ghose acts as an independent contractor working in the very lucrative Freelance Translator Field. He has been hired by various International Humanitarian NGO's, private corporations, and The Overseas Fellowship Mission. Charles has also lead workshops for employers on the theme of mindfulness training courses for the improvement of employee’s health and well-being. Charles is a strong believer that a happy work force adds to higher productivity and loyalty to a company by employees.

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