Paralyzed Cyclists Regains Ability To Walk
December 2, 2011 by staff
Paralyzed Cyclists Regains Ability To Walk, Bike crash cures paralysed hand cyclist. She crashed her bike by hitting another cyclist. Suddenly her paralysed legs were no longer so. Former Paralysed paralympic athlete Monique van der Vorst was a hand cyclist who was competing in a wheelchair until 2010.
Van der Vorst had been disabled since she was 13 years old and took the handcycling world championship title three times, has recovered the use of her legs and will now start a pro peloton career.
Van der Vorst continues her remarkable comeback to complete mobility with the confirmation that she has been given a contract with the new Rabobank women’s team for 2012.
In March last year, she was struck by another cyclist and was tossed off her hand-cycle in what at first looked like yet another tragic accident. Her legs went into a spasm and she had to be hospitalized and treated for severe back pain.
Yet, by June 2010 she began to detect a tingling sensation in her left foot, which would spread to her right foot. With physiotherapy and regular exercise, Van der Vorst was able to regain control and strength in both legs by late last year.
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