Woman with no hands or feet in record Kilimanjaro climb

A woman who has no hands or feet is believed to be the first female quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Corinne Hutton, from Renfrewshire, lost her limbs after suffering from acute pneumonia and septicaemia.

She reached the peak of Africa’s highest mountain on Friday, accompanied by 10 supporters from the Finding Your Feet amputee charity.

They raised more than £30,000 for the charity she set up after her illness.

The group completed their descent of the 16,100ft (4,900m) mountain in Tanzania on Sunday morning.

Ms Hutton said: “I’ve had blisters on my legs since day one, and each morning I’ve had to put my prosthetics on and do it all over again.

“I’ve been breathless, even when we’re not climbing. I had a worrying cough develop over the last couple of days, but I just put one foot in front of the other and knew nothing would stop me getting to the top.

“I hope I encourage other people to get out there and climb their own mountains, whatever they may be.

“I said after I lost my hands and legs below the knee that I never wanted to be considered “disabled” and I think I’ve proved that this weekend.”

In a statement on the its Facebook page, the Finding Your Feet charity said “each and every one of us is on top of the world with them”.

It added: “We went to sleep with nothing from the mountain other than growing concern.

“They battled through breathlessness in darkness and the freezing cold.

“We believe Corinne is the first female quadruple amputee to summit Kilimanjaro… what a feat with no hands or feet.”

Ms Hutton, who lives in Lochwinnoch, had previously become the first female quadruple amputee to climb Ben Nevis.

She trained for the Kilimanjaro trek in a chamber at the University of the West of Scotland, which replicates environmental extremes.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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