This is the third year in a row I’ve run this series in April. Today’s story: Paralympian Eyeing The Olympics After Crash Miraculously Un-Paralyzes Her:
Paralyzed from the hip down since she was 13, Monique van der Vorst was an accomplished paralympian cyclist. She won two silver medals in the handcycling road at the Beijing Paralympics.
Last year, she was in an accident and fell off her wheelchair. While recovering from the trauma, her feet started to tingle and miraculously she began to move them again. She spent months in the hospital and in the rehabilitation centre trying to regain the use of her legs.
Imagine perceiving your life one way, then suddenly it is another experience entirely. Going from paralyzed to mobile. And now van der Vorst will be attempting to become an Olympic athlete as a cyclist.
Interesting that we’ve had a few of these medical miracle type stories. Even with as much as science has learned about human bodies, these incidents remind us what doctors don’t know is much more than what they do know. As the article says of van der Vorst, “Doctors have no explanation for her miraculous recovery.”
What would you do with this story idea?