Gotta Watch: Living without limits
Kyle Maynard trains to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro.
January 26th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Living without limits

Today’s video of an armless Colombian man who repairs electronics inspired us. He says that he doesn’t want people to feel sorry for him. He’s in good company in these people who are doing great things despite their disabilities. Watch their stirring stories.

Climbing mountains – Kyle Maynard was born without arms or legs, but he hasn’t let that stop him from going for his dreams. CNN followed him as he trained to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Maynard reached the summit on January 15th, according to his website.

Actress and athlete – Aimee Mullins has a long list of accomplishments. She has modeled high fashion in London and broken world track and field records. She also has no legs. Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to her about her philosophy on life.

Young activist – A young Cambodian orphan with no hands and one leg was adopted by a family in Canada. Now he’s raising awareness for other orphans from his birth country. See what he’s doing to bring in money for others.

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  1. LCG

    I am wondering when our society will no longer be inspired by those of us with disabilities simply living our lives and accomplishing great things...or not so exceptional things. My guess is that it is then and only then that we will see people first for our attributes rather than our limitations. "legless orrphan..." is the first identifying refernce we read about a child?? Wow, there's a label never to be outgrown despite his accomplishments.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Soylent

    I can see at least four limits, based on the photo.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pest

      Yeah, I misread it as "Living without Limbs" at first

      January 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rod C. Venger

    I was disabled by cancer in 1999. Any limitations I might have are largely self-imposed or imposed on me by pain. Overcoming them makes me neither heroic nor inspirational. Whatever is going on with me, or not, today or any other day is just life as I know it.

    Considering that most able bodied people could not climb Kilamanjaro, the question then is not how he can do this without functional limbs. It's just not a relevant issue. The 99% are limited in their minds, not their bodies. And you can take that to the bank whether you believe I'm talking about disabilities or life in general. Occupy that, if you will.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      AlthoughI am glad that you are well, as I have had cancer also, the gratuitous reference to OWS was petty.
      I never considered my self 'disabled' by my cancer, only that I was sick from a disease.

      January 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. atypical

    agree with LCG. we still identify people by the disability: "autistic child, blind man, legless orphan."
    maybe if we keep calling attention to it, that too, will change over time.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. inrsprt

    Amazing souls, show that we can set our mind over matter especially with God's help the ultimate ever mighty creator of all.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bibi Sadiq

    I am really impressed by their accomplishments. I wish them every success in life.

    January 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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