42 years, Australia
42 years, Australia
Three years ago Adam Enderwitz was using a wheelchair but against all odds he’s conquered Scotland's highest mountain.
A courageous climber has scaled Scotland’s highest mountain despite fighting multiple sclerosis for 12 years.
Three years ago Adam Enderwitz was using a wheelchair but against all odds he’s conquered Ben Nevis.
At the top, an emotional Adam, 27, from Stranraer, unfurled a message: “I’ve got MS but MS hasn’t got me.”
He said: “I was diagnosed with MS 12 years ago and eventually put on a treatment that really worked for me.
“But a few years ago I had a brain infection, which was a very rare side effect.
“I survived but was left in a wheelchair and couldn’t speak or see properly.
“So I had a lot of intense physio for a long time until I was back on my feet and living independently.”
Adam began working with personal trainer Jim Haugh after recovering from the infection diagnosed as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).
“He said: “When I developed PML, I spent about three months in hospital.
“I was mostly bed-bound but I think that was the start of a very long and tough journey to where I am now.
“Now I’m the fittest I’ve ever been.”
Adam set a goal of climbing Ben Nevis but it wasn’t all plain sailing.
His ascent was impacted by his MS, which affects balance, co-ordination and causes fatigue.
But with the support of friends and trainer Jim he achieved his ambition.
Adam said: “Ben Nevis was the toughest challenge I’ve done. I’d like to keep ticking off more Munros – that would be a big achievement.”
by Charlie Gall
This article first appeared on http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk. The original can be read here.
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