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71year old polio victim reaches dive 600

Discussion in 'Divers with Disabilities' started by miketsp, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. miketsp

    miketsp Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    Super! :dazzler1:
  3. aquaoren

    aquaoren Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
    This is the best proof that there is very little that can not be done if you only want it strong enough.
    I wish him many more safe dives
  4. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    I just sent that article to a 70-ish friend who was partially paralyzed in an automobile accident but wants to learn how to dive. Very inspirational!

    Dr. Bill
  5. EVEYPR7

    EVEYPR7 Registered

    Congratulations, you are an inspiration to those that have no limitations.
  6. Geddes

    Geddes Registered

    My mother had polio, and because of of some 'therapy' when she was a child (throw the kid in the water and make her swim, even if it hurts and is difficult), she doesn't like water very much. Although she is far less troubled than the man in this story, she can walk but one leg is shorter than the other, her left arm and hand a weak etc., water still scares her, but she did learn to swim. I learned to swim right after I learned to walk, I think as part of a vicarious thing, but I am thankful. This story sure hits home with me.

    It's unfortunate, but Polio was the last real disease cured, 50-some-odd-years ago...
  7. liberato

    liberato Solo Diver

    There are lots of cases of polio in Africa. Wild polio strains have never been completely eliminated. A better candidate for last real disease cured is smallpox. There hasn't been a worldwide case in 27 years. We don't even get immunized for it anymore. It seems to only exist in the lab now.
  8. Kayla

    Kayla Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Washington (State!)
    Huge kudos to this guy! Thats so awesome!!! I hope that he can keep diving for a long time! :dazzler1:
  9. Bretagne

    Bretagne Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: France
    The course director in our club is disabled from polio, too. Less than this guy, as he has just one leg touched, but he usually uses braces for this leg (but not at the swimming pool). I have a lot of admiration for these people who overcome disabilities.
  10. Matt the Aquaman

    Matt the Aquaman Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Woodbury, MN
    That's pretty far out! Nice to see other people going diving that have obstacles to overcome. Despite the obstacles I have to overcome related to my muscular dystrophy I am farther along with my diving dream than most people thought I would be. I hope he gets to dive for a long time. If I had a choice I would dive all. the. time. Sincerely, Matt :11:

    Click here to greet a new member!
    No experience needed and it feels great!

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