Quadruple amputee to swim from Alaska to Russia

Philippe Croizon 
By: David Ross 

(Scroll down for video) Having no hands and feet is not a problem for one man, who is determined to swim across the ocean from Alaska to Russia.

Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon is preparing for the fourth and final stage of an unprecedented feat of physical endurance and mental challenge.

He is in Wales, western Alaska, preparing to swim the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island, Alaska, across the International Date Line, arriving in the Russian island of Big Diomede.

His amputations were required due to an electric shock he suffered during a serious accident that occurred in March 1994. At that time, Croizon worked as a metalworker in the Fonderie du Poitou. He was 26-years-old and married with one son. His wife was expecting a second child.

At his home in Saint-Remy-sur-Creuse, Vienna, while standing on a metal ladder on the roof to work on a TV antenna, Croizon received a severe electric shock from a high voltage line, which was connected to the ground through the ladder.

Twenty minutes passed before a neighbor could raise the alarm. He was hospitalized in Tours, where doctors removed his left arm above the elbow, right arm below the elbow, and his right leg above the knee.

The surgeons had thought that the left leg could be saved, but when that also required removal, Croizon said he was in despair.
After this, he picked himself up and was determined that his injury will not prevent him from achieving major goals.



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