A double amputee army veteran who was told he would never walk again is attempting to climb the Matterhorn.

Neil Heritage, from Poole, Dorset, wants to become the first above-the-knee amputee to conquer the 4,478m (14,692ft) summit in Switzerland.

The ex-corporal was blown up by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004 and has endured numerous operations.

Mr Heritage, 35, is due to begin his climb on 28 August using two types of specially-designed prosthetic limbs.

Since losing his legs, Mr Heritage has completed triathlons, learned to ski and rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in the Row2Recovery team.

He said: “In the first few years post injury, the idea of walking and leading a normal life seemed out of reach.

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