Jessica Cox, the armless girl who achieved far more than normal people
Jessica Cox was born in 1983 in Arizona. Due to a special medical condition, Jessica was born without arms. In her childhood, she wore prosthetic arms. But using prosthetic arms were difficult for her. She was also nicknamed the “Robotic Girl” due to her appearance when wearing prosthetic arms. She stopped wearing prosthetic arms at the age of 14 and started to live with what she has rather than worrying about what she doesn’t have.
Today, she has made huge achievements regardless of her disability.
One incredible achievement is that she is the worlds first armless pilot. She flew a single-engine flight for the first time via Wright Flight in 2004. After about 3 years of training, she achieved her pilot license in 2008. Her aircraft is specially designed, so she can control the York and throttle from each of her legs. The aircraft has no rudder peddles. Instead, the rudder is interconnected with the ailerons through the yoke.
At the age of 10, she started training Taekwondo, and by the age of 14, she achieved her first black belt. She also joined the Americal Taekwondo Association. She contributed to modifying the training material in a way that suits the future students like her, who are without arms. For instance, instead of a punch, Cox introduced a knee strike.
She’s able to drive an unmodified car and has an unrestricted driving license and pumps gas into the car on her own.
She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a bachelor’s in psychology with minors in communication, can type 25 words per minute, wears and removes her contact lenses on her own, and is a certified scuba diver.
She’s a motivational speaker who took her message to more than 20 countries. In 2015 she published her autobiography book, “disarm your limits”, to motivate people on how to overcome challenges in life, based on her own experiences.