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.
She took her first steps again in July 2010, she said she felt just like a child learning to walk.
Monique has just signed with with the Rabobank women’s professional cycling team to compete as a top-class able-bodied athlete, with hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
Doctors have no explanation for her miraculous recovery.