BY: Michelle Liew
A man hailing from England, who has had both his leg amputated has completed a staggering 13-hour crawl to the summit of Snowdon.
Paul Ellis, aged 56, is native to Widnes, Cheshire, was ecstatic to be able to complete the nine-mile (14.5km) journey. He has raised more than £3,000 (RM17,233.06) to send amputee children on holiday.
Paul suffered a spinal injury in a fall in 1992. This led to excruciating pain, and he was unable to stand for more than few minutes at a time. In 2008, he made the decision to have both his legs amputated below the knee to gain more mobility.
Regarding his journey, Paul stated that “I did the first three miles in about three hours… the last two miles took me more or less nine hours probably.”
Many passers-by continued to encourage him and motivate him throughout his journey.
“I’ve got a few blisters on my stumps, blisters on my hands… you’re putting your wrist down all the time, so my wrists got quite sore.
“But with all the support of the people on the mountain saying, ‘come on you can do it’, that spurs you on. “People are so generous, I ran out of water twice and people gave me water and food as well…
“I enjoyed it actually, it was a good day.”
He was extremely relieved to reach the top. “I was made up,” he said.
After reaching the summit, Paul spent the night at the top of Wales’ highest mountain. On Saturday morning, he then made it back down with his prosthetic legs brought by two members of the charity Amp Camp.