ultrafacts:In 1996, he suffered a freefall parachuting…


In 1996, he suffered a freefall parachuting accident in Zambia. His canopy ripped at 4,900 metres (16,000 ft), partially opening, causing him to fall and land on his parachute pack on his back, which partially
crushed three vertebrae. Grylls later said: “I should have cut the main
parachute and gone to the reserve but thought there was time to resolve
the problem”.  According to his surgeon, Grylls came “within a
whisker” of being paralysed for life and at first it was questionable
whether he would ever walk again. Grylls spent the next 12 months in and
out of military rehabilitation at Headley Court before being
discharged from his medical treatment and directing his efforts into
trying to get well enough to fulfil his childhood dream of climbing
Mount Everest.

On 16 May 1998, Grylls achieved his childhood dream climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.

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