An Irishman Abroad

Mark Pollock: Episode 211

September 30, 2017

Having lost his sight in one eye at the age of 5, Mark Pollock’s life certainly started out up against it. When he became totally blind at the age of 22, no one would have expected Mark to then go on a quest to become the first blind man to race to the South Pole. When a fall from a second story window at the age of 34 left him paralysed, the level of determination and courage that has become synonymous with Mark’s name is enough to inspire any person from any walk of life.

This week we hear Mark’s incredible story from the extreme measures that he took to feel normal once again having become blind (12:00) to the wonderful tale of love and commitment between himself and his wife (30:00). From his outlining of the fascinating work that he does as the chief tester for robotic leg systems in the search for a cure for paralysis (51:00) to his experiences of being excluded for being in a wheelchair (47:00), this conversation is a sobering insight into what is possible with a positive mental attitude.

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