President Paudel congratulates first above-knee double amputee Everest summiteer Hari Budha Magar
KATHMANDU, May 23 : President Ram Chandra Paudel had congratulated Hari Budha Magar for creating a new record as the first double above-knee amputee to summit Mt Everest.
The congratulatory message from the Head of the State was handed down to Budha Magar by press advisor of the President, Kiran Pokharel, and daughter of the President, Abagya Paudel, at a programme organized at the Office of the President-Shital Niwas- today.
Buda Magar scaled the highest mountain in the world on May 19 this year.
President Paudel, in his message, said that even after losing both of his legs in the battlefield while working for the British Gurkha Army, Budha Magar's world record of climbing Mt Everest with the help of artificial legs symbolizes perseverance, courage and pride and would always be a source of inspiration for everyone.
The President acknowledged that climbing the highest mountain in the world despite losing the body parts below the knee was a result of Budha Magar's sheer determination and hard-work.
Paudel wished that may Budha Magar's success be exemplary to spur confidence in people that people with physical disability are not weaker than anyone else.
Hailing from Mirul village in Ropla district, Budha Magar currently lives in the UK. He served the Gurkha Regiment in the British Army for 15 years. He lost his both legs in the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2010.
He achieved his dream of scaling Mt Everest after consistent efforts of five years with prosthetic legs.