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Meet Jessica Cox, The World’s First Armless Pilot

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Being born without arms has not proven a disability for this inspirational woman who has adapted to life using her feet.

Jessica Cox, 32, was born without arms and while she wore prosthetic limbs as a child, she eventually abandoned them in favour of using her feet to perform everyday tasks.

She has no arms but she can fly. Born armless to a Filipino mother and an American father, Jessica Cox never had anything easy. But she didn’t think anything was too hard either. At 14, she stopped using her artificial arms and decided to rely solely on her feet.

But they must be an incredibly awesome pair because Jessica has since earned a black belt in taekwondo, learned to drive a car and fly a plane, completed a degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona (she used her feet to type academic papers), and now travels as motivational speaker to inspire others.

‘There’s nothing that can substitute the tactile ability of flesh and bone – and my feet have that ability,’ she said.

Got her wings: Jessica Cox was the first woman to get a pilot's licence after learning to fly with her feet

Got her wings: Jessica Cox was the first woman to get a pilot’s licence after learning to fly with her feet

Never held back: She was also the first woman to get a black belt in Tae Kwon Do

 

Learning to surf in Hawaii in 2013

Let It Go: Jessica and husband Patrick are currently learning to play the Frozen song on the piano

Foot down: Jessica learnt to do everything that most people do with their hands in the cockpit with her feet

Ever since, she has been proving that she can do anything that people with arms can do, achieving merits that most people would be incredibly proud of.

Five years ago, she became the first woman without arms to get a pilot’s licence after learning to fly a plane with her feet.

She also became the first armless black belt in the American Tae Kwon Do Association.

And she married Patrick Chamberlain, 30, who was an instructor at the school, proving that her disability would not be a barrier to love.

Mrs Cox is able to drive a car without modifications, type on a keyboard and even play the piano, constantly proving that her disability would not hold her back.

Jessica said: ‘Naturally people saw me not having arms as a limiting factor – but I was there to prove them wrong.

‘At three years old I was involved in gymnastics, at six I started tap dancing lessons, I did modelling, I swam at five, 10-years-old I was doing Tae Kwon Do, I did every activity you could imagine.’

Five years ago Jessica met her husband, Patrick Chamberlain, through their mutual love for Tae Kwon Do.

Something to prove: Jessica said that people saw her not having arms as a limiting factor - but she was there to prove them wrong


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