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South African plans to be first disabled person to travel to space

Photo courtesy of Eddie Ndopu's Twiiter account

Eddie Ndopu was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), an incurablecondition that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness at just two-years-old and was not expected to live beyond the age of five. But he has proved everyone wrong.

He is the first disabled African to graduate from Oxford University, with a Masters in public policy.

Now he is determined to break the barriers of exclusion and wants to fulfill his dream of travelling to space.

MTV has signed him up to chronicle his journey and he plans to address the UN General Assembley from space as the first wheelchair user.

It is a powerful statement of leaving no one behind.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women has supported his dream. He is receiving medical support from his doctors and pharmaceutical company Rocket Pharma.

The UN has confirmed tht should he go to space, he will address the assembly.

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