A French multiple sclerosis sufferer became the first disabled person to skydive over Mount Everest. He successfully completed his landing before being taken to hospital as a precaution.
"I feel very happy. I am exhausted but very happy," Marc Kopp said from a hospital bed in Kathmandu where doctors examined him for any injuries sustained during the jump.
The 55-year-old Kopp, who lives in Longwy northeast of Paris, has suffered for more than a decade from multiple sclerosis, the degenerative disease of the nervous system which disrupts the brain's ability to communicate with the body.
The tandem skydive saw Kopp jump out of a helicopter hovering 10,000 metres (32,800 feet) above the mountain, accompanied by his friend, champion skydiver Mario Gervasi.
"I hope my action will inspire others living with this illness. I hope many more will follow in my footsteps," Kopp told AFP.
He said preparation for the jump was "very painful" and left his whole body hurting.
Although he usually uses a wheelchair, the trek through the Himalayas meant he had to spend several hours a day riding a horse, which was hard on his spine, to reach the airstrip for the jump.
"There were many times in the last few days when I thought I wouldn't be able to realise my dream," he said.
Kopp raised 26,000 euros ($35,885) for the trip from friends and well-wishers.
After completing the jump Sunday morning, he returned to Kathmandu by helicopter, where doctors advised him to rest for a day.
Kopp was diagnosed in 2001 with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, a form of the disease with almost no prospect of remission.
He currently volunteers and runs a support group for fellow sufferers.