Armless pilot Jessica Cox offers to help survivors who lost their limbs to typhoon Haiyan

Jessica Cox, the world's first armless pilot, uses her foot to sign the Book of Condolences for victims of Typhoon Haiyan at the Philippine Embassy. (Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato)

Jessica Cox, the world’s first armless pilot, uses her foot to sign the Book of Condolences for victims of Typhoon Haiyan at the Philippine Embassy. (Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato)

Armless pilot Jessica Cox, whose Filipino mother is from Guiuan, Eastern Samar, has offered to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, especially those who have lost their limbs during the widespread devastation across the Visayas.

Cox holds the Guinness World Record for being the first armless person in aviation history to earn a pilot’s certificate. She has a college degree in Psychology, earned a black belt in taekwondo, learned to drive with her feet and play the piano with her toes. She has been working with Handicap International, a nongovernment organization that supports people with disabilities has been doing relief work in typhoon-affected areas.

“Typhoon victims in the Philippines should draw strength and inspiration from Jessica Cox,” Ambassador Jose Cuisia said in a statement. “She has risen from adversity and can definitely inspire our people.”

Cox’s grandaunt was among the more than 5,000 people who perished during the typhoon. She said she last saw her relatives when she and her husband, Patrick, visited in February.

“We visited Samar before and it was gorgeous,” said Cox, showing the ambassador a photo she and her husband took on their last trip to the Philippines.

A motivational speaker, Cox visited the embassy and offered to help typhoon survivors. She wrote in the embassy’s Book of Condolences: “Sending our condolences for all the victims which include some of my own family. I know the same resilience and strength which I am fortunate to have from my Filipino roots will help get them through the challenges that lie ahead.”



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