[VIDEO] Mountaineer Shares Clip of His Frostbitten Fingers Before Operation to Amputate Them

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Well, that is the stuff of nightmares. In fact, postpone that operation until after Halloween; you won’t need to dress up.

Fahad Badar is a Qatari banker, mountaineer, and outdoor enthusiast. According to his Instagram, he summited Broad Peak on the 17th of July 2021. The following day, during the descent, he was stranded at 25,590-feet (7,800m) without oxygen, leaving him hypothermic and with severely frostbitten hands. He cannot remember anything about that time as he was suffering from cerebral edema, and by the time he reached base camp and could be seen, five days had passed.

Pre-Op. Credit: Fahad Badar

Broad Peak is in the Karakoram on the border of Pakistan and China. At 26,401-feet (8,047m), it is the twelfth-highest mountain in the world.

He’s currently in London about to lose an essential part of his body.

Never in a million years did I ever think I would lose my fingers to frostbite, especially doing what I love most – climbing mountains.

My life, my body will never be the same again after this life changing surgery and even the most basic tasks will be a great challenge. How do I cope with something like this? How do I accept that my life has suddenly been utterly changed? How will I continue with my hobbies? Will I still possess the passion and capability to conquer more mountains?

The answers to these questions play repeatedly in my mind and they only lie within me. My resolve to press on unhindered is the only hope I cling to. I remain eternally grateful to be alive despite the utter terror of the uncertainty of the future. I am also grateful for the incredible response and support I get daily from all of you.

His Instagram story shows a robotic-looking prosthetic that will replace his real hand.

The prosthetic to replace his frostbitten fingers. Credit: Fahad Badar

Born in 1979, Fahad always had an inclination for sports, challenge, and breaking limits. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Banking & Finance from Bangor University (UK), followed by an MBA from Durham (UK). Currently, he is working as the Executive General Manager of International Banking at Commercial Bank of Qatar, where he has been working for the past 20 years. He is the first Arab man to double summit Everest & Lhotse in one trip.

‘Severely frostbitten.’ Credit: Fahad Badar

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