A Scottish woman is believed to have become the world’s first quadruple amputee to have reached the summit of Africa’s Highest mountain. Corinne Hutton reached the top on Friday, 5 October, as part of a team of 11 people raising money for the amputee charity Finding Your Feet.
Corrine, who originally hails from Renfrewshire but now lives in Lochwinnoch, lost her lower legs and hands in 2013 after becoming ill with septicaemia and pneumonia but used prosthetics to help her reach Uhuru Peak at the very top of Kilimanjaro.
This is not Ms Hutton’s first extraordinary feat, for she had already become the first female quadruple amputee to climb Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. According to updates on the charity’s website and facebook page, Corinne suffered from blisters from day one; it should also be mentioned that in addition to her more visible disabilities, Ms Hutton also had a lung removed last year following an infection.
Together the expedition raised what is believed to be around £30,000 for the charity.
Congratulations everyone – that’s just inspiring!