Paralympic gold medallist Marieke Vervoort ends life through euthanasia – The News

Paralympic gold medallist Marieke Vervoort ends life through euthanasia – The News


 Paralympic gold medallist Marieke Vervoort has ended her life through euthanasia at the age of 40  Vervoort had an incurable degenerative muscle disease which caused constant pain, seizures and paralysis in her legs and left her barely able to sleep  Despite this, the Belgian won gold in the T52 100m wheelchair race at London 2012 and silver in the T52 200m wheelchair race  She also won medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, claiming silver in the T51/52 400m and bronze in the T51/52 100m  Euthanasia is legal in Belgium, and a statement from Vervoort’s home city of Diest said she had “responded to her choice on Tuesday evening”    Vervoort was able to pursue euthanasia due to Belgium’s liberal laws, having submitted forms to undergo death by lethal injection, but she required three doctors to sign off that she was experiencing excruciating pain without a cure  She suffered from a form of progressive tetraplegia which has left her doctors mystified  By 2017 she was paralysed from her breasts down, was losing her sight, suffering terrible spasms, could not sleep and struggled to eat  At the time she told the Telegraph: “I don’t want to suffer any more. It’s too hard for me now I get more and more depressed.    “I never had these feelings before. I cry a lot A neurologist stayed with me the whole night while I had one spasm after another  “She said it wasn’t an epileptic seizure but just the body screaming, ‘I’m in so much pain I’m done.'” What is progressive tetraplegia?  The debilitating physical condition is also known as quadriplegia and is a paralysis that takes away the use of all four limbs and the torso  Vervoort’s condition began in her Achilles and reportedly stemmed from a rare deformity between her fifth and sixth cerebral vertebrae Read More Sport top stories  She previously said: “I’m a Taurus. If I want something, I go for it I never give up easily. I didn’t want to accept that I would end up in a wheelchair But in 2000 I couldn’t do it any longer.  “I’m paralysed all the way to my breasts My finger function is going down as well. I have such a strong heart, but the pain medication is doing nothing any more ” Vervoort’s honours   Paralympics: 1x gold (London 2012, T52 100m), 2x silver (London 2012, T52 200m and Rio 2016, T52 400m), 1x bronze (Rio 2016, T52 100m)   World Championships: 3x gold (Doha 2015, T52 100m, 200m, 400m)

8 Comments

  1. I hope inspirations like this woman are reincarnated and brought back with the best life anyone could ever wish for. Rest in peace Marieke

  2. So sad, this lady suffered but achieved so much in her life. She is an inspiration to everyone. I hope they make a film about her life. πŸ™

  3. Alguien debiΓ³ contenerla. alguien debΓ­a detener la eutanasia. Ella esperaba mucho amor. Ella necesitaba creer en Dios y esperar en Γ‰l. Demasiado joven para morirπŸ˜“πŸ˜₯πŸ˜’πŸ˜žπŸ˜–

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