Climber who lost legs to Everest finally makes it to summit — four decades later

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Chinese double amputee climber Xia Boyu, who lost both of his legs during his first attempt to climb Everest finally climbs Everest.

A Chinese climber became the first double amputee on Monday to summit Everest from the Nepali side of the peak.

Xia Boyu first tried to reach the top in 1975 but lost both his legs in the process due to frostbite.

Subsequent attempts in 2014, 2015 and 2016 failed, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.

“Climbing Mount Everest is my dream,” Xia told Agence France Presse last month before beginning the ascent. “I have to realize it. It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate.”

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