A Filipino-American armless pilot offered her Guinness World Records medal to Pope Benedict the XVI during her trip to Rome, Italy.
Jessica Cox, born without arms, went to Rome last month where she personally offered her recent achievement to the Pope.
“He embraced my face. It was unexpected. And I told him ‘I like you to have this medal–Guinness World Record medal’–and he did not response. And then I said, ‘Please pray for my mother who is sick and my brother who will become a priest’. And he said, ‘I will. I will’.”
Despite her disability, in 2008, Cox decided to become a pilot. When she earned her pilot’s license, the Guinness World Record honored her as the first female pilot to fly a plane using only her feet.
Her medal symbolizes the importance of life—with or without disability.