An unbelievable story in the news of Monique van der Vorst, a paralyzed cyclist cured by a bike crash. She had competed in the Beijing Paralympic Games and won two silver medals. Miraculously, after being involved in a crash involving her hand cycle, she is no longer paralyzed and is setting her sights on the 2016 Olympics in Rio! Amazing!
As a child, she was always involved in sports, having played hockey and tennis. She soon started cycling. Sadly, when she was 13 years old, an operation on her ankle left her with nerve damage, paralyzing one of her legs from the waist down. That didn’t stop her from competing, though. With amazing resolve, she began hand cycling. She would go on to have a successful career, winning several championship titles. In 2008, she was involved in an accident where a car hit her, damaging her spinal cord and now both of her legs were paralyzed from the waist down. Did that set her back? Absolutely not, because later that year she would have two silver medals placed around her neck at the Beijing Paralympic Games. She was involved in yet another accident last year, but this time around the after effect later proved miraculous. She did have problems with her back, following the March 2010 accident, but in June 2010 she began to have feeling in one of her feet. She soon started to feel sensations in her other foot. Can you imagine? Wow! She soon started walking. Of that feat, she said:
“The sudden change of standing after being in a wheelchair is indescribable because suddenly the whole world has a different perspective. It is really nice walking next to someone and being able to look straight into that person’s eyes.”
She was just named to the Rabobank cycling team of Holland and hopes to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Believe me, we will be rooting her on. Her story is one that should be made into a movie, eh? Hello, Lifetime? Get on it.