Marieke Ververoot, Belgian Paralympian, taught everyone “Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits”.
The 37 year old wheelchair racer suffering from an incurable degenerative muscle disease that causes constant pain, seizures, paralysis in her legs and leaves her barely able to sleep, she even signed euthanasia papers in 2008.But she put the full stop to all the speculations, that she might take euthanasia right after the event, at a news conference following her victory at the Paralympics.
“I still enjoying every little moment”. She said
She further added “When the moment comes when I have more bad days than good days, then I have my euthanasia papers, but the time is not there yet,”
In spite of hardship, she won 100m gold and 200m silver in the 2012 London Olympics, and now a silver medal in the 400 m wheelchair race in Rio. “It’s a feeling of ‘Yes, I won a silver medal. But there is also another side to the medal, the side of suffering and of saying goodbye to the sport. Because I love the sport, sport is my life. “She said, while announcing her last Paralympics.
Vervoort said euthanasia, which is legal in Belgium, must not be characterized as “murder” but it gives a feeling of rest to people.