In the autumn of 2019, on an ordinary Tuesday night, in his hometown of Dister, Belgium, Marek Fiffolte ended his life by euthanasia. The ring of years, forever stopped at the age of 40. It should be really unperplexed, not sad, not happy, not greedy and not afraid. At least this time, Feffolte was wayward. No one is born strong, but life is too cruel, always make people smile and face life, whether it is bitter, happy, cold, and even desperate. The London Paralympic gold and silver medalist, who added two more medals to the Rio Olympics, asked the people around her to give her a promise: “after I leave, Raise your champagne and get me on the road, all right? “
In 2000, at the age of Vervoort is 21, she suffered from a rare degenerative spinal disease, and modern medicine could not effectively inhibit its development, let alone recover. Diseases can lead to muscle pain, seizures, visual impairment, and even paralysis. Neither she nor her family were willing to ask about medicine, but they were nothing more than comforting words and the conclusion of waiting for death. Every day after the illness, it is suffering. Her body is like a machine that could be short-circuited at any time. The first minute still functioning, the next minute will have seizures, or pain sweating. Fefferte lives on painkillers, sleeping pills and morphine. But also Not only for the sake of physical recovery, she began to engage in sports, that sense of participation, that kind of hot vitality, as if reminding her even if she is gradually losing activity, but still real existence. She played wheelchair basketball and became the only female player in a local club. She also tried to dive deeply. In 2004, she took part in Triathlon’s competition. Every night, she wakes up in severe pain. In the morning she asked the nurse to give a shot of morphine and then went to training. “my dream has come true,” she wrote in her diary after finishing the Super Triathlon match in Hawaii. In 2006 and 2007, she also wrote in her diary, “my dream has come true.” in 2006 and 2007, she also wrote in her diary, “my dream has come true.” Two degrees get the world champion of the hand-operated bicycle group.
But the condition of Vervoort continues to deteriorate. By 2008, she could no longer take part in Triathlon’s competition. At night, her persistent physical pain gave her only an hour or two of sleep. To make matters worse, she can no longer live on her own. At the 2012 Paralympic Games, Vervoort won the 100-meter championship of the T52 women’s wheelchair sprint on the world’s focused track and broke the Paralympic record. In the 200-meter race at the same level, she won the runner-up again. It was a strong medal for onlookers, and it was nothing more than purgatory redemption for herself. “it makes me feel like I’m still here.” It’s not too useless. “in 2013, Vervoort caused a heavy injury to her left shoulder in a game, and doctors insisted she could not return to the high-intensity game.” Still disobedient, she turned the ward into a gym, trained as a devil, and broke three world records after recovering. At the Rio Paralympic Games, she won another silver medal and a bronze medal.
The inspirational Vervoort, who was seen on the podium, did not know her struggle. In 2013, she collided with her opponent in a match, had to undergo surgery on her shoulder and had to undergo surgery for 10 months. In 2014, she suddenly lost consciousness while cooking spaghetti, causing hot water to be sprinkled on her body, from chest to ankle diagnosed with grade II and III burns. What people do not know is that she is almost blind, and in the end she has only 20% of her eyesight. It is not that life is loveless, it is really just to die.
As early as 2008, Vervoort signed a consent form for euthanasia. At the time, three different doctors were present to prove the irreversibility of her illness, and she was asked to complete a psychological test. In a subsequent interview, Vervoort said the certificate gave her the key to her destiny. “I used to be very, very scared, but when I really had that euthanasia paper, I got peace of mind, because I knew when it was my limit, and I could decide for myself. Please do not misread euthanasia, do not think this is murder, in fact, without this piece of paper, I may have killed myself already. “
Vervoort has written two books, especially coins on two sides, detailing his mental history after illness. She delayed the end of her life again and again because she knew it could be any time. “you have to enjoy life every moment you live.” Vervoort retired after the Rio Paralympic Games. She parachutes indoors, she bungee jumping in a wheelchair, she drives Lamborghini, and she spends more time with her family. She loves her physiotherapy dog Shenen. The Labrador would accompany her to the grocery store, and every time he bought too much, Shane would be in charge of carrying the bag; it also For her to find a sock in the drawer; in the event of a seizure, he extended his claws to pacify the master. What’s more, it’s always able to feel and give a reminder in the first hour of the Vera’s attack.
When Vervoort set her return date, her old Olympic opponents and family supported her decision with heartache. The family revealed that she had died under the siege of love. Vervoort’s last words were: “I wish I had champagne and red wine, laughter and laughter at my funeral, like a party, and it would be great to see me off in this way.”