Footless man to trek for charity

Bahman Jamaladini is walking the Great Wall of China to raise money for the Meningitis Trust, despite losing his hands and feet to the disease.

Bahman Jamaladini is walking the Great Wall of China to raise money for the Meningitis Trust, despite losing his hands and feet to the disease.

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A MAN with no feet and no hands is planning a marathon trek along the Great Wall of China – without so much as a walking stick to help him.

Brave Bahman Jamaladini lost his limbs to meningitis 15 months ago.

Bahman Jamaladini is walking the Great Wall of China to raise money for the Meningitis Trust, despite losing his hands and feet to the disease.

Bahman Jamaladini is walking the Great Wall of China to raise money for the Meningitis Trust, despite losing his hands and feet to the disease.

Without the speedy action of doctors at Milton Keynes Hospital he would have lost his life too.

The 53-year-old former cook went on to astound medics with his post-amputation progress.

Within a few weeks he was up and walking on prosthetic feet, shunning all offers of wheelchairs, crutches and walking sticks.

And within months, despite the loss of his hands, he had mastered another art – painting pictures which he now sells for charity.

“I feel so lucky to be here, and so lucky that Milton Keynes Hospital saved my life, that I want to raise money to help other people,” said the father-of-four.

In October he will travel to China where, accompanied by his social worker wife Lesley, he will walk 35 kilometres along the great wall.

He hopes to raise hundreds for the Meningitis Trust, which has described him as “an inspiration” to anybody affected by the disease.

Bahman refuses to take even a walking stick, let alone the wheelchair that sits unused in his Great Holm garage “in case of emergency”.

He said: “I refuse to use anything.

“Who needs help when I have my new friends in the form of my artificial feet?”

> Anybody who wants to sponsor Bahman on his trek can log on to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Meningitistrust

> People can follow his progress on Facebook by visiting http://www.facebook.com/pages/China-Trek-2012-for-the-Meningitis-Trust/112888898838628