Crash Miraculously Heals Paralyzed Athlete

Crash Miraculously Heals Paralyzed Athlete

Forget everything you know about modern science (which, understandably, might not be much anyway).

Paralympic Dutch cyclist Monique van der Vorst confounded doctors when a crash miraculously un-paralyzed her. The 27-year-old suffered paralysis from the waist down when she was 13 following leg surgery that left her with nerve damage. A subsequent car accident exacerbated her condition when it damaged her spine. She went on to become a successful paralympian, winning two silver medals in hand-cycling in 2008.

But in 2009, while training for the 2012 Paralympics, another cyclist crashed into her. While recovering in the hospital, she felt a tingling in her legs, eventually regaining full sensation and finally taking her first steps in July 2010. Now, almost two years later, not only has she made a full recovery, she’s joined a cycling team and plans to compete in the Olympics.

It’s a phenomenon that no doctors have been able to explain or have ever seen before. People who are paralyzed but still have some sensation actually have a 90 percent chance of recovering mobility and feeling in their legs. However, the chances are very slim for people who have lost all sensation.

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