A Girl without Limbs, with Her Maternal Grandfather’s Final Photograph in Her Mouth, Cried, as She Climbed to the Top of the Highest Mountain in Taiwan

This, is done, with enormous amount of determination and heart too, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

The twenty-year-old Wei-Chih Kuo yesterday became the first person without limbs to climb up the main peaks of Yushan (the highest mountain range in the country); the moment she’d successfully made it to the top, she’d carried the photograph of her deceased maternal grandfather, with tears rolling down her cheeks, told her grandfather, “Without my limbs, I can see even farther up!”, she did it!

Thirteen years ago, when Kuo was only seven years ago, she should be laughing through her childhood years, but because of the complication that happened alongside a common cold, she’d had to become amputated.  The maternal grandfather, because he was overly sad, he had a stroke, and died three years later, this had become the deepest regret that Kuo has.

The way to the top for Kuo, it took her twice the time compared to regular folks, the fifteen hours worth of hardship, had given light to her life, her companions called out to her, “Nick Vujicic” of Taiwan.

From when she was little, she’d lost her limbs, Kuo felt bad about being different, and, believed herself to be a freak; in her memories, there was NO laughter in her childhood days, she’d often gotten bullied in school, until her second year in middle school when she’d gotten on stage to dance, she’d found her self-confidence and smiles back again.  Later, she’d become a member of the group “The Artists Who are Handicapped”, and started touring around the country with people who are handicapped, to give motivational speeches, and she’d managed to help a LOT of others get out from the lows of their lives too.

Kuo didn’t have her limbs, but she has an unbeaten heart.  Last year, she’d heard the tale of how the adventurer, Jia-Ying Wu, taking along a quadriplegic, blind in both eyes, the “Girl Who Spoke in Codes”, and lived the dream of touring the island on their own, she’d made up her mind about making it up to the highest peak with Wang, who’d lost her left hand in an accident, and Yang on the 21st.

“Every step I’d taken forward, my foot would ache once.”, Kuo used her prosthesis that weighed three kilograms, stumbled, on the passage up the mountain, paved with small, broken pebbles, with every step, her prosthesis would get pushed upward by the broken rocks, and the tip of her thighs would hurt as if it were being stung once.

The father, Kuo described the journey that his daughter made upward as walking on a high stick, and when the steps are too far apart, she’d needed people for her to lean on, and, when she’d fallen down, her prosthesis would fall off, and her thighs would then, start to bleed.  On the way up, there was the path paved with broken pebbles, the rocky passage of forty-five degree angle, along with a sharp cliff, where only ONE person is allowed to pass at each time, along with the rocks that came falling through the cliffs, without warnings at all, and all of this, had proven to be too dangerous, for Kuo.

“I’d walked from morn ‘til night, it’s like the roads are never-ending”.  Kuo was completely out of energy, and had to rely on two people to help her walk, and many times, because of the pains, getting too intense, she couldn’t help, but cried; and she’d become limp as she’d reached the hotel, and sat on the floors, for twenty minutes, the volunteer said to her, “Then, let’s head back down.”  She was stunned for a few second, and said to them, with this persistence in her voice, “No, I MUST finish the rest of the way”.  The final kilometer was the hardest, there was barely ANY paved roads, and you could only climb your ways up using the giant rocks, and you must put up with the three degrees Celsius cold temperature, along with the attacks of the icy cold winds, and Kuo and her companion became tied together by a rope, stringed together, they’d pushed and pulled, until they’d gotten through this dangerous passage, “One missed step, I would’ve fallen to my death.”

As she’d gotten her hands on the plague with the reader of the mountaintop, Kuo hollered out, her tears started falling down, she took out the photograph that she’d carried of her maternal grandfather, placed it into her mouth, proved to him, “Without my legs and my arms, I can still see farther, and higher than the rest.”

Six Separate “Climbing Canes”, Helped Carried Her, Allowed Her to Lean on Them, and Giving Her Encouragements

As her prosthesis fell off, her mother ran first to bandage up her legs, seeing how persistent, how spirited she’d become, her father said that it’d given him a “role model”.

“Helping others, it’d allowed us to find the meanings of our own lives.”  The contributions of Kuo, making it to the top of the highest mountains, were Wu, and five other volunteers, accompanying her all the way, to help her, a girl without her limbs, on this amazing journey.

On the way up, the six volunteers took turns, being Kuo’s “canes”, when she couldn’t find the strength to walk anymore, they’d helped carried her body weight.  The volunteers took turns, carrying the thirty kilograms worth of materials, their arms are already numbed out and sore, and they’re getting tired, but when Kuo was about to give up, they’d become her cheerleaders, keep telling her, “It’s amazing”, “A few more steps”, “the top is right over there, at the turn of the corner”.

Wu is a lecturer at Jingyi University, she was once a child, who was given up on by his own parents, later, he’d found his own self-confidence through exercises, he’d once rode his bicycle from the east to the west coast of the U.S., he’d encouraged a TON of youth to strike out on their own like he’d done.

Wu’s younger schoolmate, Ku had been a long-time climber, this time, he’d come along, as a part of the team, he’d realized, that helping others achieve their dreams, is way more energetic compared to when he’d made it up to the top alone, “Helping a life grow can actually be this rewarding!”

The owner of Atuna, Cheng, other than putting up the money for Kuo’s trip, he’d walked alongside her all the way.  Kuo’s parents, in order to help their child achieve her dreams, walked with her too, hoping to encourage all who are handicapped, and all who couldn’t see the lights, “Wei-Chih Kuo did it, so can you all”.  As her prosthesis fell off, her mother, Cheng was the first to rush up toward the daughter, to check out how badly Kuo had been scraped, and helped bandaged her up.  The father, Chuan-Long Kuo, the moment that his daughter was amputated, “my heart shattered”, but she’d always smiled, and helped carried him through the lowest parts of his life, “And now, I know, that my daughter had added to the volume of my own life.”

And so, you can see, this young woman’s determination is amazing, and it took her longer, compared to regular people, to make it to the top, and the climb was surely very difficult, but, nothing BEATS that feeling of the wind in her hair, when she’d made it to the top, and, this experience will totally add to the “substance” of her life, because she had proven, to herself (first AND foremost), and the rest of the world, that she DID it!!!


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