September 13, 2016

How Gold-Medal Paralympian Mallory Weggemann Found ‘Strength and Courage’ After an Epidural Injection Left Her a Paraplegic

BY ROSE MINUTAGLIO• September 13, 2016

Paralympian Mallory Weggemann has overcome setback after setback in order to achieve incredible success – including two medals at the 2012 London Games. And she’s hoping to repeat her triumphs at the Rio Paralympics.

A competitive swimmer since the age of 7, Weggemann was devastated when an epidural injection left her a paraplegic at the age of 18 in 2008.

But just three months after she lost all movement from her abdomen down, Weggemann, 27, found peace in the pool – the rhythmic sport of swimming was “comforting” in a world that had quickly become unfamiliar to her.

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