Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Photo of the week May 1, 2013

Meet Lydia Wetsi, Ghana's only student pilot with a disability, shown here flying a Zenith CH701 aircraft at Kpong in the Eastern Region. Lydia suffered from an arm contracture after inappropriate health care from a simple wound, as a child. Today, she is learning to fly and build aircraft at the AvTech Academy. Lydia is an inspiration to many at home and abroad. Last week she spoke boldly in forums at AERO Friedrichshafen, in Germany. Disabled pilots are common in Europe and the USA where access to the magnificent liberty of flight is used as a therapy and a release - including for people in wheelchairs and those with amputations. Lydia's journey is the topic of new Red Bull media documentary 'Spirit of Africa' being released this month. Lydia's ambition is to use her flying to inspire and encourage others, and to be able to reach the rural communities where she hopes to provide positive health education to prevent others suffering the same challenges as she has. Photo courtesy of Medicine on the Move

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