A double amputee will get a chance to fulfill his dream and attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. According to Fox News, Hari Budha Magar was originally denied permission to attempt the dangerous climb by the Nepalese tourism office because they deemed it too risky. Magar appealed the ruling, and the decision was overturned.
Magar picked up mountain climbing as part of his recovery after losing both legs when he stepped on a bomb in 2010 while serving with the 1st Royal Gurkha Rifles in Afghanistan. He spent just three weeks in the hospital after his legs were amputated. Since his surgery, he has been keeping busy and pushing himself to the limit.
Hari has since run a biathlon, relearned rock climbing, kayaking and skiing and become a skydiver.
He has reached the peak of Ben Nevis and Mont Blanc and became the "only above-the-knee double amputee to have reached the 6,476-meter Mera Peak's summit in Nepal."
Now, he will attempt his biggest challenge yet, scaling Mount Everest. He is teaming up with Conquering Dreams, a group of U.S. and British veterans, to make the dangerous climb. Magar said he is excited to get the chance to chase his dream and he hopes his climb will help inspire others.
"In the past I fought the enemy, but today I fight this injury,” Hari said. "I fight to re-establish my mental health and live my life fully, help inspire others, learn new skills, relying confidently on my body as it is.”