It’s one thing to be born with a disability and it is all you know, but it’s another to lose capability you were born with. A rock came tumbling on his head and he wasn’t wearing a helmet (many climbers didn’t at the time of accident 18 years ago) leaving him with a number of severe impairments. One would think that most people would want to turn back time, but some, like Paul Pritchard has embraced his disability as “the best thing that happened to me”…

  • Pritchard now describes the accident as the ‘best thing that ever happened to me.’ It is an extraordinary thing to say but he did end up marrying and having two children with one of the nurses who looked after him. He also believes it has made him a better person. ‘Without that experience of nearly dying and all that hardship I wouldn’t have learned how to be patient.”