Brasil's Lais Souza, who was paralyzed from neck down after a training accident two years ago, will take part in the Rio Olympic torch relay and hopes to attend the Rio gymnastics competition and the Opening Ceremony.

As a gymnast, Souza competed at 2004 and 2008 Olympics and was set to compete in London but an injury forced her to withdraw. After her retirement from gymnastics, she wooed to ski aerial and hoped to become the first former Olympic gymnast to compete at winter Olympic games.

While preparing for the Olympics, she hit a tree causing her a broken neck and a spine injury which left her quadriplegic. Today, she has to rely on a support team to be able to do basic activities such as eating, brushing teeth and bathing.

Souza has learned to accept her fate. She hopes to one day be able to walk again and live a normal life. 

The former Brazilian athlete has said that she does not feel traumatized by the accident and that she feels okay looking at competition and training photos of herself.

Written by Gigi Farid



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