The sky’s the limit! But sometimes we need to fly even far away from the skies. John McFall becomes the first para-astronaut from England, United Kingdom. After completing his first test of a parabolic flight in zero gravity on Thursday, John McFall of Frimley Town, England, became the first para-astronaut in history. Later, a bike accident cost John his right leg in 2000, in the incident his life underwent a significant change. He did not, however, give up and went on to achieve success as an athlete, taking home several Paralympic medals.
Thus, John joined the Royal College of Surgeons in 2016 after earning his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the Cardiff University School of Medicine. He is currently employed in the south of England as a Trauma and Orthopaedic Specialist Registrar.
He has furthermore taken a lead role in several projects that help potential Paralympians in the UK. He worked as an attaché and mentor for the International Paralympic Committee during the London 2012 Paralympic Games in addition to mentoring the Paralympic Inspiration Programme in 2012.
In South East Wales between 2014 and 2016, John worked as a Foundation Doctor for the British National Health Service, gaining expertise in a range of medical and surgical specialties. Therefore, from 2016 to 2018, he completed his core surgical training, which includes general surgery, urology, trauma, and orthopedics, at the Wessex deanery.
John earned a spot on the national Trauma and Orthopaedic Specialist Registrar training program in the UK in 2018 and is presently studying for his FRCS tests, which will grant him fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons. He has three kids and is married.