Belgian Paralympian Considering Euthanasia After Rio 2016
She told the newspaper: “I suffer greatly, sometimes sleeping only ten minutes a night – and still go for the gold. Rio is my last wish. I train very hard even if I have to fight day and night against my illness. I hope to finish my career on a podium in Rio.”
Vervoort will begin her 2016 Paralympics with the T52 400m event on Friday night. She begins her 100m title defence next Friday morning.
She added that she will then “see what life brings” and insisted she will continue to “try and enjoy the best moments”.
A hard struggle
However a combination of fatigue from sleepless nights and the agony of her condition means Vervoort faints regularly at home, woken only by her dog licking her face.
Vervoort has made no final decision over euthanasia, she told the French newspaper, but has drawn up a “bucket list” of events and activities to enjoy before she dies.
On her website, the athlete writes regular diary updates for her fan, many of which had focused on her health.
In July, she wrote: “When I sit in my racing chair, everything disappears. I expel all the dark thoughts, I fight fear, sadness, suffering, frustration. That’s how I won the gold medals.”