- AGE: 24
- BIRTHPLACE: West Bromwich
- READING: 26.2 Stories of Blisters & Bliss
by Dean Karnazes
Karl joined the army at the age of 17. After six months training at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick he left with the ‘Best Recruit’ award and joined The Staffordshire Regiment.
Nature of Injury:
Karl was injured whilst serving in Basra, Iraq in September 2005. He was involved in a serious attack on his Warrior tank and received a direct hit from a petrol bomb. As a result, Karl received 37% burns to his hands, legs, arms and face.
Since his injury, Karl has spent a lot of time at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and he has grown to love the staff at the hospital and the amazing care he had received. After his last operation in 2010, he decided to dedicate a few years of his life to fundraise for the medical staff who helped save and rebuild his life.
Karl has been running marathons as part of the fundraising for the QE Hospital. In 2011 he decided to run 52 marathons in one year and as a result this has taken him to all corners of the globe. However, after spending so much time with the WWTW team, Karl has decided to extend his challenge and attempt 100 mhttp://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/everest2012/wp-admin/post.php?post=120&action=edit&message=1arathons between 2011 & 2012.
iPod and a decent bottle of shampoo. “ Climbing the highest mountain in the world is still not an excuse to neglect your hair!”
My four Siberian Huskies who have been there through all my training and are always happy to see me.
Why did you want to take part in the expedition?
I believe I could help encourage and motivate others who have been injured. To show that after a life changing injury, life hasn’t ended but beginning. Challenges can be made even out of things what were taken advantage of before, as the sense of achievement holds so much motivation to do even more.
I also think having the opportunity to climb the highest mountain in the world, would be a fantastic personal challenge too. Being able to test and overcome certain aspects of my injury would be a great achievement, and to work with the WWTW team would be a great honour.