Everest Disaster Survivor, Dr. Beck Weathers, to Speak at Celebrate Independence
Sep 25, 2015 Clinical Expertise
Brooks Rehabilitation’s Celebrate Independence is an inspirational event that honors individuals who have overcome enormous challenges in life.
We are proud to announce that our guest speaker for 2016’s event will be Dr. Beck Weathers.
The event will take place on April 23rd at the Schultz Center in Jacksonville, Florida, and is free to the public.
In the spring of 1996 Dr. Weathers was part of an expedition caught in one of the worst storms to ever hit Mt. Everest. Left for dead and near blind, he miraculously made his way back to the nearest camp through conditions that claimed the lives of ten other climbers.
Upon reaching the camp fellow climbers said that his frozen hands and nose looked and felt as if they were made of porcelain, and that they did not expect him to survive. However, thanks to one of the highest altitude medical evacuations ever performed by helicopter he did survive. Dr. Weathers ended up losing part of his nose, right hand, and part of his left hand to frostbite.
The events on Everest quickly became famous worldwide inspiring several popular books and films including John Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, a full length IMAX documentary called Everest (1998), and a star-studded film by the same name that just hit theaters this September.
Since his escape from Everest, Dr. Weathers has managed to resume his career as an accomplished pathologist and become recognized as one of the most acclaimed speakers in the world, named by Toastmasters International as one of the "Top Five Speakers of 2001”.
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