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Double Amputee Reaches Top of the World


A New Zealand mountain climber has become the first double amputee to reach the top of the world's tallest mountain.

Forty-seven-year old Mark Inglis conquered Mount Everest after a 40-day trek. His wife, Anne, speaking to New Zealand radio Tuesday, said she talked briefly to her husband shortly after he reached the summit.

"It's one he's been dreaming about for a long time," said Inglis. "So now he'd have to start a new dream."

Mark Inglis lost both legs to frostbite after a being trapped in a blizzard on New Zealand's highest peak, Mount Cook, 24 years ago. He was outfitted for the Everest trek with carbon-fiber artificial legs, which he had to repair halfway through the climb.

Inglis follows in the footsteps of fellow New Zealander Edmund Hillary, who, with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first to conquer Everest, in 1953.

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