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Aspiring Paralympian John Edward Heath talks misconceptions about disabled athletes, defying the odds & more

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A post shared by John Edward Heath ™️ (@carbonfiber_john_)John Edward Heath’s days begin at 6:00 a.m. With a full-time advocacy job that often takes him to Maryland’s state capital, the former Marine needs to get his training in early.Heath, who lost his leg in 2021, is an aspiring Paralympian.

Armed with a new prosthetic, he went viral for landing a one-legged power clean six days after his operation, and his athletic success has only increased from there.Heath is an elite adaptive CrossFit athlete, track and field standout and total gym rat.

He got hit by a driver under the influence in 2016, and underwent 12 surgeries afterwards. None of them could make his leg operational again.Subscribe to our newsletter for a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) of LGBTQ+ entertainment and pop culture, served up with a side of eye-candy.Distraught at the prospect of spending more time on the operating table, Heath decided to amputate.

He was in a dark spell at the time, caught in a vicious cycle of alcohol and drug use. When he received his new leg, it came with a new lease on life.

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