Paralyzed Man Breaks World Record for Traveling in Mouth-controlled Wheelchair

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Paralyzed Man Breaks World Record for Traveling in Mouth-controlled Wheelchair


A South Korean man not only broke his own record but also made a new record after traveling across the country using his mouth-controlled wheelchair.

This was Chang-Hyuan Choi's second attempt to set the record for the greatest distance in 24 hours by mouth-controlled motorized wheelchair. He began his journey in the Giseong village and traveled along the east coast to reach the Goseong Unification Observatory. Choi covered 280 kilometers in just 24 hours and beat his previous record by 24.57 km.

What's commendable about Choi's record attempt is he did it even though he is paralyzed from the neck down due to cerebral palsy.

"However that doesn't make him a stranger to record-breaking," the Guinness World Record said in a press release. "He also holds the record title for longest journey by mouth controlled motorized wheelchair (pictured above), during which he covered 28,000 km across 35 countries."

Choi overcame the challenges of the record attempt with his positivity and optimism, the world record company added. Relying on an escort, supporters, and witnesses for motivation, Choi went on his 24-hour journey along the Route 7 highway even at night.


Photo Credit: Guinness World Records


"I've created a new record. I think I'm Columbus who discovered the New Continent," he said after setting his new record.

"It was hard to fall asleep at dawn, When I grabbed the stick with my teeth, I tried to control my neck, so it was hard for me to throttle myself at night."


Photo Credit: Guinness World Records


He wanted to break the GWR title by "challenging" his limits and "convey the message of hope to people through the challenge," he said in the GWR release.

GWR said the record-holder is looking to break the record title again but this time, he is hoping to take his journey through North Korea.

"Next time, if South Korea and North Korea become unified, I would like to pass the 38th parallel (the boundary between the two countries) because I think that the North and South Korea are the same as my disability."




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