- At the age of 2, South Africa's Eddie Ndopu was diagnosed with a spinal condition
- It has confined him to a wheelchair, but the inspirational Eddie has made significant achievements
- He now plans to be the first person with a disability to travel into space
An inspirational South African man plans to be the world's first person living with a disability to travel into space.
Eddie Ndopu, 28, was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of two, Good Things Guy reports. It's a condition that limits his movements and has confined him to a wheelchair.
However, Eddie overcame the odds to become a globally recognised human and disability rights advocate. His main message is one of inclusivity.
According to African Leadership Academy, Eddie was named one of the World's Top 30 Thinkers Under 30 and one of the 50 Most Powerful Disabled People on the Planet.
The determined man now wants to prove that disability isn't a barrier by venturing into space, Briefly.co.za learned.
Mtv.co.uk reports that his objective is to broadcast a special message from space to the UN General Assembly on behalf of young disabled people worldwide who have ever felt excluded by society.
MTV will cover his journey, right from enlisting at an aerospace company to his flight to space. Eddie said:
I like to describe myself as black, queer, disabled and fabulous. My disability is just one aspect of my life and I want to show the world that the words “disability” and “possibility” belong in the same sentence.
Although space travel is physically demanding, Eddie is determined to make it to prove that even with a disability, anything is possible.
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