No one will ever imagine a paralysed guy doing an extreme sport like BASE jumping. But it is about time you believe it, especially with the trending story of the paraplegic Lonnie Bissonnette.
The Canadian extreme athlete did not let any injury stop him from making the most out of what's left ahead in his life. Even in his wheelchair, he still enjoys jumping off and glide with a parachute to never stop enjoying the thrills of BASE jumping.
The Tragic Story Behind
The 48-year-old athlete was first injured when he was doing his 1,100th BASE jump. It was in July 2004 when he was attempting a quadruple gainer jump from a bridge that measures 486 feet. The most terrible thing happened when his parachute lines got tangled with his foot causing him to crash at a speed of 70 mph.
The accident led to a broken neck and spine, along with other damaged bones of his body. His paralysis was caused by a severe spinal cord injury.
The Miracle Goes On
The daredevil was advised by his doctors that he won't ever walk again. But after a decade, he still does the big jump! In his interview with the UK Daily Mail, he said that he did not allow his paralysis to stop him from BASE jumping again.
Mr Bissonnette emphasised that the sport, Building, Antennas, Spans and Earth or BASE brings him a feeling that is incomparable to doing any other activity in his life. When he jumped after a year of his accident, he became a record holder as the first paraplegic BASE jumper in the world. The world's first paralytic who jumped from all four mentioned objects.
He uses his right arm to pull off his parachute cords with each jump. Mr Bissonnette is set to do his next BASE jumping event in Malaysia this coming September.
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