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Fencer became paraplegic to save the daughter's life

Fencer became paraplegic to save the daughter's life

The Paralympic Games in Brazil are replete with stories of overcoming, like that of Mônica Santos. At the age of 18, upon discovering she was pregnant, she also received the sad diagnosis of a rare type of spinal hemangioma. The doctors advised that she interrupt the pregnancy to perform the surgery, as it could end up losing all the movements of the neck down if she did not do so. However, she had no doubts and continued with the pregnancy.

A cavernous hemangioma is characterized by poor blood vessel formation within the spine.

Following the birth of the daughter Paolla in 2002, Mônica underwent surgery to remove the hemangioma, which is the most common form of hemangioma, losing the movements from the waist down. "I became a wheelchair in 2002 by choice.I was two months pregnant when I had a spinal angioma and chose to have the baby and become paraplegic.It was not a religious question.It was a human issue.I think if each had a The fact is that I wanted to have a baby, there was a life there, and I did not want to take that life. I think it was a little bit of humanization, the country would be much better. a human being from the time he was there beating his little heart, "said Monica in an interview with Globo Sport.

Monica has always been a sports lover, before pregnancy she used to play soccer.

It was during the basketball practice that she met the Jovane Guissone, who was practicing the sport only to improve her performance, and she was able to practice swimming, table tennis, shooting and basketball. the physical conditioning for fencing, modality in which he became Brazil's first Paralympic champion in 2012. The athlete invited Mônica to know the sport, which seemed to be waiting for her: with only 20 days of training, she participated in her first competition and was in third place.

In 2010 she was called to the Brazilian permanent team. The athlete was once Brazilian champion and two-time champion of the Americas, being the only Brazilian woman to win two international titles at the Paralympic Games.

Mônica is representing Brazil in wheelchair fencing at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. Today, her 13-year-old daughter is proud and cheering for her in every game. The competitions take place at the Carioca Arena 3 until September 16.

Fencer became paraplegic to save his daughter's life - photo: divulgation

Mônica Santos with his daughter Paolla in the championship - photo: divulgation

The podium in the Regional of the Americas: Mônica occupies first place - photo: divulgation


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