Quadruple amputee back home after scaling Kilimanjaro

Corinne Hutton conquered Africa's highest peak with a team from the charity she founded.

A woman who lost her hands and legs to sepsis has returned after conquering Africa’s highest mountain.

Corinne Hutton underwent four amputations after contracting the life-threatening condition five years ago.

The businesswoman, who was 43 at the time, went on to amaze medical staff with a remarkably quick recovery, walking unaided on prosthetic legs within just four months.

She has since set up the charity Finding Your Feet, which supports amputees and their families.

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Now, Corinne has become the first female quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

On Wednesday, she returned home to a hero’s welcome at Glasgow Airport.

“I’m overwhelmed with that welcome – I’m so chuffed,” she told STV.

“I’m delighted – how could I not be? This is just so cool.”

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Corinne said the climb was as gruelling as she expected, with some unexpected challenges along the way.

“I hadn’t bargained on how hard camping was for me. Just to be able to get your legs on when you’re sitting on the ground is a really difficult thing to do. You’ve nothing to push against to get them on except scree, and it just moves.

“It was so hard, getting in and out with the zips on the tent, zips on the toilet. All these things are really difficult.”

Corinne, who lives in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, completed the climb with a team from Finding Your Feet.

“A lot of the reason for doing this was for me, and my bucket list,” she said.

“But the spin-off from that is to raise money for amputees, and to maybe get amputees to push themselves a wee bit harder.

“It doesn’t matter what their mountain is. It doesn’t have to be Kilimanjaro.”

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Corinne’s parents say they could not be prouder of their daughter’s achievement – even if they had reservations about the idea at first.

Mother Doreen joked: “Do you want the truth? I told her not to be so bloody stupid.”

Her father Colin, added: “Two or three days after the amputations she said to me, ‘I’m not going to be disabled, dad. Whatever I did before I’m going to do again.

“She’s proved that right.”


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