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Episode from the podcastHow to Be Superhuman

The paralysed rugby pro who now climbs mountains: Ed Jackson, Series 1 Episode 4

Released Monday, 23rd March 2020
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Professional rugby player Ed Jackson was enjoying a BBQ when he suffered a fate that would change the course of his life forever. He'd dived into his friend's swimming pool, crashing his head at the bottom – an impact so severe that the disk between his C6 and C7 vertebrae (the two at the bottom of the neck) exploded and dislocated, cutting through half of his spinal cord.

He was told he would never be able to walk again - but just a year later was stood at the top of Mount Snowdon.

In this episode Rob Pope Rob chats through the horrific series of events that took place that day - from the journey to the hospital he very nearly didn't survive, to waking up after seven hours of surgery to discover he could no longer feel his hands or feet.

Ed explains how he took his fate into his own hands by using the power of his mind to revive his dormant body and ultimately carve out a new identity for himself as a quadriplegic climber – as well as a new life committed to helping people through the mountains.

Find out more about Wings for Life's work to find a cure for spinal cord injury at http://wingsforlife.com

And how you can be part of the Wings for Life World Run at http://wingsforlifeworldrun.com

Listen to all episodes and discover more about How to Be Superhuman at http://redbull.com/superhuman