Paralympic swimmer banned from competition because of hope she could walk again

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  • PioneerStock Leander, TX
    Aug. 16, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    Get used to this. When Obamacare kicks in full force, these type of decisions will be commonplace, except it will be the other way around: a panel will decide if there is hope or not. If there is no hope of getting better, you will be denied treatment, even though treatment could prolong life or make living more enjoyable. I guess the paraolympics ought to just close down then, because there is the hope that when Christ comes back to earth, he just may heal those that can't walk, those that can't talk, or hear.

  • djk blue springs, MO
    Aug. 16, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    isn't having hope part of being a positive person ? this ruling seems wrong. almost political. this athlete deserves the chance to prove her ability with swimming. should be take the right away from tall people to play basketball because they may be taller then another player ?

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Aug. 16, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    This is dirty pool. The IPC should be required to reimburse her for all her travel and training expenses. If she can't walk at present she should be able to compete.

    If she has the hope of walking in the future today, then that hope existed five years ago, only they didn't know about it. To be consistent they should strip every athlete of any metals won if they receive such a hope. Let's pray they are not that stupid. They have already proven to be profoundly stupid. No need to set world records here.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Aug. 16, 2013 8:21 p.m.

    Aggielove: You meant accept not except. Also, just because she MIGHT be healed someday does not mean she WILL be. Maybe she still will never walk again.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Aug. 16, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    There are many forces in life which are bent on maintaining people as they are. There is little incentive any more for people to achieve. Many who are on disability are told in so many words that they must remain that way for the rest of their lives. Government welfare, though perhaps not intentional, discourages people from regaining any sense of self sufficiency. And, as suggested by this article, yet another group or organization is quick to kick any one out of its ranks if they even dare mention a desire to overcome their current limitations.

    Granted, each and every one of these groups or organizations have their rules and they have been written with purpose, but the end result too often is, 'stop trying' or your out.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Aug. 16, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    If I'm not gimping around anymore, I would be very happy. Why waste time trying to except a disability? She's beating it.
    Is that a good thing?
    Crazy world I tell ya.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    She is, at this moment, disabled. Therefore she fulfills any logical and moral requirement for participation in the meet. If she were to regain the ability to walk next year, I doubt she would even attempt to participate.

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    @ Aggielove Why would you be happy to say "I'm not disabled anymore?" Being disabled is not an embarrassment. And she can't say that right now because she is still disabled and nobody can guarantee that she will walk again.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 4:00 p.m.

    @Aggielove - But she still is. There is hope that she will be and I am sure we all wish for her that it will happen. And more importantly. I am confident that she would prefer to walk again, rather than compete in the Para-Championships

    Terrible decision by the committee and they should be ashamed of the decision. Seriously, what is our world coming to that we take something away from someone that they worked so hard for and deserve. It is not like she worked hard to hurt someone, she worked hard to beat something, and in this case a disability and she freak'in knocked it out, and now the committee said she loses for beating it. Lame!

  • MaxPower Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    She's 18, and been paralyzed since 11? 7 years and they can't determine if it's permanent?

    Full disclosure I am no doctor, nor play one on TV, but does anyone go from having a condition to being healed after seven years?

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Aug. 16, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    If I were this person, I'd be happy to say I not disabled anymore.

  • Tyler Ray Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    What a terrible decision! She should be able to participate as long as her disability exists.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    EVERY disease and every paralysis is possibly curable in the near future. This decision is an embarrassment to the organization and a slap in the face to all competing athletes with disabilities. This should be overturned. If she can't use her legs at this moment, that is all that matters.