American Hero Becomes First Combat Amputee To Reach Top of Mount Everest
American hero Charlie Linville has become the first combat amputee to make it the top of Mount Everest.
His wife, Mandy, celebrated from their home in Boise, Idaho after he reached the summit on Thursday. She spoke to Inside Edition about the pride she has for her husband’s achievements.
"We live with the most amazing person in the world," she said.
Charlie lost his right leg below the knee in Afghanistan. He and a former Hell's Angel biker, Tim Medvetz, were determined to scale the world's tallest mountain.
Before he headed to Tibet for the climb, the 30-year-old vet told CBS News: "I was looking for something to completely change myself... and really get rid of the demons that were created from war.”
Medvetz is the founder of The Heroes Project, an organization that works with vets and soldiers “to improve the care and protection of heroes through individual support, community empowerment and systematic change," according to its website.
The former biker summited Everest in 2007, six years after suffering a life-threatening motorcycle crash. His experience scaling the mountain also helped him begin The Heroes Project.
But another attempt in 2014 ended in disaster when a monster chunk of ice crashed down on them and killed 16 of their Sherpa guides.
They tried again in 2015, but a massive 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal had other plans.
"It was a difficult time coming home last summer and like soul searching and really being like, 'Can I do this again?' ... But at the end of the day, we set to do this mission and be successful," Charlie told CBS News.
But on Thursday, Charlie and his friend made it to the top of the mountain.