Paralysed dad set to break world record after hitting 59mph in electric wheelchair


A PARALYSED man with only slight movement in one hand hit 59mph in an electric wheelchair — and may have broken the world record.

Jason Liversidge, 44, who has motor neurone disease, smashed the 55mph milestone while testing a new chair.

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Jason Liversidge, 44, hit 59mph in an electric wheelchair and may have broken the world record[/caption]

But as the dad of two did it on a test lap, he will have to see if Guinness World Records will let the attempt stand.

Wife Liz said: “Jason has always pushed things to the extreme of what is possible.

“I am absolutely over the moon – my heart was racing. We were following in a van – last time we had trouble keeping up.

“It is fantastic for anybody to achieve something like this, but for a person like Jason to do it is absolutely amazing.

“It shows being terminally ill and paralysed doesn’t stop you from achieving your dreams.”

Jason, from Hull, who was diagnosed in 2013 and is 95 per cent paralysed, was followed in a van as he tried out the special chair at Elvington airfield, North Yorks.

Wife Liz said that former social worker Jason’s speech has “just about totally gone” and he is now fed through a tube into his stomach.

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He is now 95 per cent paralysed after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease[/caption]

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