Skydive Dubai's wheelchair jumper walks with bionic legs at Gitex

Time Out has a feel-good story: Skydive Dubai's wheelchair jumper walks with bionic legs at Gitex Technology Week

Recognize this guy?

If you’ve ever jumped out of a plane with Skydive Dubai, chances are you do.

Jarrett Martin is the wheelchair-bound parachute rigger who’s worked at Skydive Dubai for a couple of years now.

The 26 year old is also someone with a powerful life story that few people know about.

When he was just 18, a jump stunt in Hawaii went horribly wrong, leaving Martin fighting for his life.

After falling several hundred feet, the impact against the ground left him with a broken back, battered lungs and kidneys, a torn aorta and full paralysis from the chest down.

But when the Seattle-born daredevil miraculously woke from his coma, the first thing he asked the doctors was “When can I start skydiving again?”.

At the time he was already a veteran of the skies with 2,800 jumps to his name.

Martin fought his way through a difficult year-long rehabilitation and as expected took to the skies again, becoming the first disabled person to successfully make a jump unassisted.

His own experiences make him value more than anyone the importance of safety when it comes to base jumping and skydiving, an attitude he carries with him when equipping every jumper he rigs at SkyDive Dubai.

On Sunday, Martin had the chance to walk again at Dubai’s Gitex Technologu Week.

Here’s what he wrote about the experience on his Facebook wall:

“Back standing at @gitextechweek with Rex bionics. Feels for good to be able to stand, walk around and tell people about this awesome new technology. Im here all day with the team from @amanahealthcare Big thanks to @faz3 @fazzasky3 and @skydivedubai.”

Judging by Martin’s bravery and determination, there’s every chance he’ll also become the first ‘bionic leg man’ to pull of some fantastic stunt in the skies.

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