James Wood is attempting to become the first European Paraplegic Swimmer to swim the English Channel – read his incredible story

In 1990, James Wood was left paralysed after a car crash aged just 19.

Now, as he prepares to turn 40 he's about to become the first European Paraplegic to attempt to swim the English Channel.

James damaged his seventh thoracic vertebrae in the accident, which means he is paralysed from the lower part of his chest down with no movement at all in his legs.