WAR hero James Rose is planning to climb Kilimanjaro — without legs.The former private lost both limbs above the knee when blown up by a bomb in Afghanistan.
James Rose will scale Kilimanjaro despite not having legs
The brave dad has battled depression and anxiety since then but has refused to let his injuries beat him.
He won silver and bronze medals at the Invictus Games last year in Sydney in volleyball and basketball.
In September he will join a team to climb 19,308ft Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, on prosthetic legs.
James, 31, from Middlesbrough, said: “Some might see this as an impossible challenge but I know I can do it.”
“I am mentally strong enough and physically strong enough and even without legs, I will do it.”
James had only been in Helmand province for two months with 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment when he suffered the devastating injuries.
As well as losing both legs he had a broken pelvis and spent six weeks in hospital and a further four-and-half years rehabilitating before being discharged.
James, of Middlesbrough, said: “I remember every single bit of the incident, my mind hasn’t blocked it out at all.
“Weirdly I wasn’t really traumatised when it first happened. It was just a case of this is my life now, I need to get on with it.
“I did have dark days when I would lie there and want to be normal. I became frustrated and would think – will I be able to walk again? Will I need a wheelchair for the rest of my life?
The team are fundraising to help pay to get James to the top of Kilimanjaro.
To contribute go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/road-to-kili
James lost his legs when a bomb blew up in Afghanistan
The war hero has also won silver and bronze medals at the Invictus Games
James had only been in Helmand province for two months when he suffered devastating injuries