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‘Who needs legs and hands?’ Mum climbs Kilimanjaro with neither in world first

A MUM who had her hands and feet amputated following a sepsis infection has climbed Kilimanjaro in an astonishing feat of endurance.

Corinne Hutton completed her five-day ascent of the highest free-standing mountain in the world last Friday — and the 48-year-old is believed to be the first female quadruple amputee to do so.

Conquered: Corinne’s view of Mount Kilimanjaro as she flew in to begin her unique challenge

The mum-of-one suffered a bad cough in 2013, which turned out to be pneumonia — and then became a sepsis infection.

Corinne was given just a five per cent chance of survival, but her hands and feet had been starved of oxygen for so long that there was no choice other than amputation.

An operation to remove the majority of a lung in 2017 came months before the London Triathlon, but she refused to let that stop her and she crossed the finish line in one hour and 52 minutes.

Accompanied by ten fundraisers, Corinne climbed the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which stands at 20,000ft above sea level.

Fundraising team: Corinne (fourth from right) with her fellow climbers before the ascent

Corinne said: ‘I went into this to encourage people to be the best they possibly can be, to prove that I’m not ‘disabled’ and to raise money to support the amputee community.

‘The support I’ve received from back home and from people all over has kept me going.

‘I managed to see the incredible support coming in, and that’s what got me to the top.

Helping hands: Corinne received much support during her African adventure (also below), which she said got her to the top of the mountain

‘I knew the climb would be hard on prosthetics, and altitude may be a problem with only having one-and-a-third lungs.

‘What I didn’t understand was how much it would take out of me every minute of the day, even when we weren’t climbing.

‘Everyone that was with me was incredible.’

Funds will be donated to a charity Corinne founded, Finding Your Feet, which helps amputees.

Tough going: Corinne feels the pain after climbing in her prosthetics
TLC: Corinne attends to her sore legs

So far more than £15,000 has been raised.

Corinne is quoted on the website page as saying: ‘Who needs legs and hands or even 2 lungs for that matter? Maybe they would help when attempting to climb Kilimanjaro, right enough. Too bad!’

Corinne, who lives with her son Rory, 10, in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, wants to prove that disability is no obstacle to achievement.

Top of the world: Corinne celebrates reaching the summit

She said: ‘They’ve all done something fantastic for charity so they deserve a lot of credit.

‘They were there to help me when I needed it.

‘Hopefully this shows anyone, not just amputees, that you can go out and conquer your own mountain, whatever that may be.

Job done: Corinne and the team have surpassed the fundraising target of £15,000 for Finding Your Feet PICTURES: FINDING YOUR FEET/SWNS

‘Now I’m looking forward to a shower.

‘We’re all filthy, but on the plus side I don’t have fingers to run through my hair or any fingernails to get dirty.’

The team completed their ascent over the course of five days and began the descent on Sunday.

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