But in a surprising turn of events, the accomplished athlete announced that she is contemplating euthanasia after the games in Rio.
Euthanasia had been legalized in Belgium since 2002 as long as a written consent from three different doctors can be secured.
Netherlands was the first country to ever allow euthanasia for people with chronic or terminal illness among others. This is covered under the “Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act” from 2002. Since then, the estimate for people choosing assisted death has risen to five people in any given day.
As Belgium now legalized euthanasia, Paralympian Marieke Vervoort is contemplating the procedure. She would like it done right after the Rio games which she hopes she can end with a podium finish.
She shares that, behind the smiles and the medals, the struggle to live has been incredible with sleepless nights and unrelenting pain.
Here is an excerpt from her diary. It will give you a glimpse of what she has to go through just to get from day to day.
Here is to hoping Marieke Vervoort can find a new and renewed purpose in life. We hope she finds something that would make her go on and share her life experience with people around her.