A world champion surfer from Cornwall is hoping to become the Duchy's very own Bionic Man. >Bruno Hansen, from Truro, was paralysed 17 years ago but has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise not millions of pounds, but £70,000 to buy some bionic legs which will transform his life.
Bruno feels like his dream of walking again after a car accident in South Africa left him paralysed is one step closer.
Bruno was a fit healthy and athletic man before the car accident. Breaking his back sapped not only his physical ability but his mental strength too.
So Bruno vowed to live his life to the fullest. His love of the water and fearless nature took him back on a surf board and last year he was invited to enter the Surfing Para-World Championships.
Without much training, the backing of a fully funded team of physios or even his own surf board, he went on and won the competition.>But his aim has always been to walk again and technology has developed so much in the last 17 years, it looks like it might be possible.
Friends set up a crowdfunding platform to raise the £70,000 needed to buy the amazing ironman like legs.It's already gone viral. >Under the hashtag Bionic Bruno, they've raised £20,000 in a week.
As part of the funding campaign, Bruno leaves today with two fellow wheelchair users for a sailing race from Seattle to Alaska. A champion, that's defied the odds.