Did Monique exaggerate her paralysis? Her supervising physician at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, Professor of Rehabilitation Research Thomas Jansen, doesn’t think so. “Dystrophy affecting her left leg meant she was confined to a wheelchair as an adolescent.”

Following her accident in 2008, she had all the symptoms of incomplete paraplegia. “From that time on there was clearly something wrong with her. Her legs were very thin and she was always in her wheelchair. But the problem was not in her spinal cord but in her head.”

Professor Jansen does not believe that Monique should be forced to give back her medals. “They tested her paralysis at the Paralympics. She passed all those tests with flying colours. She really was suffering from those problems.”


Dutch wheelchair athlete could walk after all | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

SUCH a strange one, this story….