Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Woman Went From Brain Dead To Paralympic Gold Medal Winner.

Everyone in this world faces obstacles and all we can do is try our best to overcome them. This woman's story is one of inspiration. The obstacle she was facing was sure to claim her life, in fact the doctors assured her parents that she would never make it out alive, but she refused to give up. This woman's story is one of great challenges and fighting to survive against all odds.

Victoria Arlen was born in raised in Exeter, New Hampshire.

She was the only girl in a set of triplets, but despite being surrounded by brothers, she held her own. Victoria was extremely active and enjoyed sports and dance.

Victoria Arlen was born in raised in Exeter, New Hampshire.

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Victoria was a happy child, that was until she turned 11.

Victoria came down with the flu and started experiencing fainting spells. She began feeling the affects of asthma and her parents knew something was dreadfully wrong with her.

Victoria was a happy child, that was until she turned 11.

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Victoria's life drastically changed in a matter of months.

“My back and side ached, so doctors took out my appendix. Then my legs began giving out. My foot dragged. Within two weeks, I lost all feeling and function in my legs. Next, my hands stopped working. I couldn’t control my arms, couldn’t swallow properly or find the right words when I wanted to speak. It was as if someone was slowly shutting down the switches on the circuit board that controlled my body and brain. I was slowly slipping away from my family. Then everything went dark," Victoria said.

Victoria's life drastically changed in a matter of months.

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Doctors concluded that Victoria had contracted transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.

It wasn't long before the conditions left Victoria in a vegetative state. The doctors told Victoria's parents that she would most likely never recover and she would be left in a vegetative state for the rest of her life. But Victoria wasn't as far gone as the doctors believed, she could hear everything that was going on around her.

Doctors concluded that Victoria had contracted transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.

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Her parents knew better and they refused to give up on her.

“My parents believed in me. They set up a hospital room in our house in New Hampshire, and took care of me. My three brothers — I’m a triplet and we have an older brother — talked to me and kept me in the know about what was going on outside of my room. They empowered me to fight and get stronger. They didn’t know I could hear them, but I could,” said Victoria.

Her parents knew better and they refused to give up on her.

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