Once, Marek Feifelt ran fast in a wheelchair. When she was in a famous sports car, she was still able to drive fast.
In September, Feifelt sat on Lamborghini and experienced the speed and passion of a racing driver on Zolds track. I like speed and enjoy the feeling of adrenaline passing through my body.
As a disabled athlete, Feifelt loved adventure. She used to go bungee jumping in a wheelchair. That almost killed me, said Fairford. I put my arms open and put my head down, and then I heard that it was not allowed. Fortunately, the outcome was good.
Yes, her life is an inspirational story, but this inspirational story has an unusual ending. Driving a Lamborghini racing car may be Ferrats last adventure. After fulfilling her last wish on the wish list, she will be euthanized in the near future to usher in the end of her life.
Feifelt is not a coward. She has fought against fate and illness for nearly 20 years. Millennial year became the watershed of her life. Before that, she was a lively Belgian girl. For the next 19 years, life focused on refining her...
In 2000, Feifelt was found to have an incurable spinal disease, and Belgian doctors were at a loss. In Feiferts words, every day is quite different. She cant even predict what will happen in half an hour. Maybe the epilepsy will suddenly break out and the pain will scream. She can only rely on painkillers, sleeping pills and morphine. That year she was only 21 years old.
Marek Feifelt tried wheelchair basketball
On October 13, 2007, Feifelt participated in the Super Ironman Triathlon held in Hawaii. In her diary, she wrote, My dream has come true. Because of the overtime, Feifelt was unable to compete in the last 42.195 km race. It was a pity that she did not finish the race. But through this race, she gained the most important friend of her life, Liv Bruce.
Marek Feifelt participates in the Triathlon
When Im happy, shell be happy, Feifelt said. When Im mad, shes afraid. Shell go to other rooms and not disturb me. When I cry, she will lie down with me, lick my face and hug me. When I have an epileptic seizure, she pushes her head between her knees. It seems to say to me,Marek, you have to lie down and go to a safe place. Its always going to be okay.
Fairford couldnt tolerate his inability to live independently when he fell into the bottom of his life. She told her friends that she wanted to end her life. She said,Life is meaningless. Its meaningless to continue living. Its too difficult. Its too bad. Brence recalls.
The psychiatrist suggested that Feifelt talk to Dr. Wim-Stephen. As the authority of palliative treatment, Stephen gave a suggestion: euthanasia. Since 2002, euthanasia has been allowed in Belgium, which can be legally carried out with the permission of two doctors.
Nobody wants to die, but Feifelt wants to live her way. In 2008, she signed the euthanasia document and shared her decision with Bruce. I stand up for her for the first time, said Bruce. Shes stubborn and knows what she wants, and of course what she doesnt want. The hell on earth where pain is everywhere is not what she wants. If she could control her life, she would live longer. She didnt want to end her life with illness, just like saying,Its up to me to decide when Im going to die. You dont care.
After signing the euthanasia papers, Feifelt began to face new challenges, trained Zane as an assistant dog, wrote a book called Wielemie Sports for Life, participated in the documentary broadcast on television, and more importantly, began to show her talent in new sports.
Many people ask me how I can keep smiling and achieve good results when my muscles are exhausted by pain and drugs. For me, sports and wheelchair sprinting are also medicines. Said faffort.
At the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Feifelt won the 100-meter sprint championship in the womens wheelchair of T52 class, breaking the record of the Paralympic Games in 19.69 seconds. 80,000 spectators stood up to applaud for her. In addition, she also won the 200-meter army of this class. When Feifelt returned home to Dist with two medals, she was greeted by more than 2,000 enthusiastic villagers.
In the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Feifelt suffered from an acute illness. After a day of playing in the Olympic Village, Feifelt stubbornly won the 400m silver medal in the womens wheelchair sprint of T52 class. Felters temperature soared because of a bladder infection, and he won only a bronze medal in the 100-meter race. Despite not having a gold medal, she is still the most popular person in Belgiums home town of Dist, where she is honored as a guest in a local restaurant and her head is printed as a huge advertisement to become the citys signboard.
The medal has two sides, happy and sad, Feifelt said. I cant imagine a better way to end my career than that, said Fairford. But its still sad to say goodbye to my beloved sport. Others retired because they didnt want to continue, and I had to stop. My spirit still wants to move forward, but my body is crying and shouting,Help, dont practice, cant stand it.
In 2016, when the BBC reporter Eleanor Alderoyd interviewed Fairford, he saw the walls covered with award-winning photographs, medals, trophies and champagne piled up in the window, and saw her unpredictable condition. She was laughing wildly the previous second, then she had an epileptic seizure. After pressing the red button, the medical staff Come in a minute. In order to meet her medical needs, nurses visit her four times a day, which has become the norm of her life.
After the first day of the interview, Alderoyd and Feyford had dinner together at a Disney restaurant. Feyford also recommended Spaghetti with beef and shrimp to Alderoyd. But the next day, when Alderoyd saw Feyford again, the latter huddled exhaustedly on the sofa and passed by. Exhausted after a night of pain, she was almost unconscious. She called the nurse in the morning and took morphine. Her dog huddled beside her. In the interview the next day, Feiferts epilepsy suddenly began to seize again. After some emergency treatment, she could barely communicate normally.
Fairford and his parents
In order to take care of Feifelt, her parents, Jos and Audrey, were traveling around. They liked to look through the albums, which were full of wonderful moments for their daughters, including pictures of Feifelt embracing Belgian Princess Astrid after winning the silver medal. Like other parents, they knew that their children would leave sooner or later, but for Jos and Audrey, letting go meant they had to support their daughters decision to euthanize, which was cruel.
She has always been very independent, said her father, Jos. When she started to sit in a wheelchair, she was afraid to live under the eaves of her parents like other disabled people. If euthanasia can make her better, I can accept it, and I suggest that she do so. At the beginning, we thought it was a decision of the future, and now we realize that the so-called future is in front of us.
Family, friends and Zane gave her a lot of motivation to live. After her formal retirement, she began to release herself and try all kinds of extreme sports. She didnt want to leave regret before she died. Vertical wind tunnels give her battered body a precious sense of freedom during indoor parachuting.
Conduct indoor parachuting
If you asked me ten years ago, would you like to try bungee jumping? My response is, are you crazy? Now Im not afraid at all. Im open-minded. I like doing these things because Im not afraid of death anymore.
Fairford hates this ugly and painful disease, but she thinks she is a really rich person and a really lucky person, because compared with the British, at least she has the right to decide her own life and death - the British Parliament vetoed the euthanasia bill in 2015.
Fairford wanted everyone to look at euthanasia from another angle. It was a life choice, not a murder. The people who signed the euthanasia documents in Belgium are all very well. They dont have to die in pain. They can choose the right time to let the person they want be with them and die tenderly and beautifully. For me, death is peaceful.
Feifelt decided not to give up the remaining minute and write to anyone who cared about her when she could write. She had planned a funeral, in which sparkling wine was essential. I wrote a eulogy, and then they must read it. I want everyone to have a drink and raise a glass to me.Her life is wonderful. Shes only seriously ill, but thanks to this illness, shes doing things that others can only think of but cant do.
Fairford had another wish: I hope people will remember that Marek is a person who enjoys every moment day and day.
Source: Liable Editor of Netease Sports Specialist: Liu Jie_NS6529