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Marieke Vervoort Bio – Marieke Vervoort Wiki
Marieke Vervoort was a Belgian Paralympic athlete and Paralympic champion who suffered from an incurable, degenerative muscle disease.
Vervoort competed in athletics and blokarting, and earlier she competed in triathlons and also played wheelchair basketball. In the 2012 London Paralympic Games she won the silver medal in the T52 200m wheelchair race, setting a European record. She also won the gold medal in the T52 100m wheelchair race.
At the World Championships for Paralympic athletes in Doha, she became world champion. She covered 200 meters in 35.91 which was two seconds off her European record (33.65). In 2015, she was awarded the Vlaamse Reus, an annual prize given out by Flemish sports journalists. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, she won the silver medal in the T51/52 400m wheelchair race and bronze in the T51/52 100m.
Vervoort was the author of two books, Wielemie. Sporten voor het leven (“Wielemie. Sports for life”) (Houtekiet, 2012), and De andere kant van de medaille (“The other side of the coin”) (2017), about her degenerative muscle disease and its impact on her life.
Marieke Vervoort Age
Vervoort was born on 10 May 1979 in Diest, Belgium. She died on 22 October 2019. She was 40 years old.
Marieke Vervoort Illness – Marieke Vervoort Disease
Vervoort was diagnosed at the age of 14 with an incurable degenerative disease of the muscles and spine, which caused severe pain, paralysis in her legs, and made it very difficult for her to sleep.
Vervoort also suffered from epilepsy, and lived with her assistance dog, Zenn, who was able to alert her to an upcoming seizure an hour before it occurred.
Marieke Vervoort Euthanasia
Vervoort said that she was considering euthanasia as she was preparing for the 2016 Rio Paralympics, saying that Rio was her “last wish”. She clarified that this did not mean euthanasia would occur immediately after the games, stating that: “You have to live day-by-day and enjoy the little moments. When the day comes—when I have more bad days than good days—I have my euthanasia papers. But the time is not there yet.”
Marieke Vervoort Death
Vervoort ended her life on 22 October 2019 through euthanasia.
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