Gudmundur graduated as an electrician with the highest score in his Class of ’97.
On January 12th, 1998 he got electrocuted in his line of work on a transmission line and lost both his arms. For a while the Doctors tried to keep as much as possible of his arms but due to chronic infections he had to undergo dozens of surgeries. 11 months later, in December 1998 they finally managed to stop the infection. Little stubs are what remain of his arms and they are approximately 4 inches on the right and less than 2 inches on the left.
Other consequences of the accident were a spine broken in 3 places; fractured neck joints. All of his ribs were loose and ten vertebrae had to be pinned as a result.