Based on the world record nomination from Europe Records Institute (EURI) and Decision No. WK/USA.INDIA/871/2022/No.327, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Tom Whittaker as the world’s first leg amputee man to climb to the summit of Mount Evereston July 9th, 2022.
Tom Whittaker, born 1948, lost his right foot after a car accident 19 years ago and yesterday conquered Everest on his third attempt - the first physically disabled person to do so, according to Nepalese authorities.He was immediately hailed as a role model to other amputees by leading climbers, including Chris Bonington.
In 1989 he climbed 24,000ft (7,315.2 m) up the mountain - the highest ever for an amputee - but had to abandon this attempt because of altitude sickness and frostbite. Six years later he was forced to halt at 27,500ft (8,382 m) when his oxygen supplies ran low.
His first attempt on Everest was in 1995. On May 27, 1998, on his third attempt, Whittaker reached the summit of Mt. Everest, a lifelong dream, making him the first person with a disability to accomplish this feat. He had trained tirelessly on the mountain for two months before making his ascent and success followed two failed previous attempts to scale the Himalayan peak.
According to en.wikipedia; theguardian.com. Source of photo: internet