Jamie Andrew: Life and Limb - Glasgow

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JAMIE ANDREW – Life and Limb

EICA, Ratho: 7.30 pm, Wednesday 11th Feb 2009. £5.

Glasgow: 7.30 pm, Thursday 12th Feb 2009. £7.00 in advance, £8.00 on the door.



Jamie Andrew is an astonishing individual. An unassuming hero who describes himself as an ordinary guy who just happens to have gone through extraordinary events.

In 1999 he survived for five days perched precariously on an icy ledge at the summit of an Alpine mountain while winds raged to 130 km per hour, and temperatures plummeted to minus 30 degrees Celsius. Despite hypothermia and severe frostbite, Jamie was still conscious as he was snatched from the ledge by the French Mountain Rescue Services in a daring and spectacular rescue that was tragically only hours too late to save his climbing partner.

Jamie survived the ordeal, but at great personal cost. Ten days later his hands and his feet, damaged beyond repair by the frostbite, were amputated. Many, including some of the medical staff who had fought so hard to save him, felt that this was a fate worse than death. Amazingly, three months later Jamie emerged from hospital, walking on prosthetic legs, having once again learnt to manage everyday tasks such as feeding, washing and dressing.

Since then Jamie has defied expectations by running the London Marathon, returning to climbing – using his own design of prosthetic ice axe, climbing Ben Nevis, revisiting the Alps, reaching the roof of Africa, and learning to ski, snowboard, sail and paraglide. His humble and unassuming manner, coupled with an uncrumpled positive attitude towards life and its challenges make Jamie an extraordinary example of bravery and determination. Jamie is an inspired speaker. He tells his story quite modestly yet with great passion, sincerity and humor. The result is a lecture which is at once gripping, inspiring and ultimately uplifting.

“*****” “Brilliant” “Moving and fascinating” “The impact it had on all present, including myself, was profound” “Jamie is a speaker who will inspire and move any audience, a truly remarkable achiever and human being” “A powerful and inspiring presentation” “Amazing” “Inspirational and thought provoking” “Incredible, courageous and positive” “An inspiration to us all to live life to the full” “A stark reminder of the power of positive thinking” “An inspiring story, told in a very humble and unassuming way – testament to this was the incredible atmosphere in the hall as you kept the audience mesmerised!” “Very powerful”

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