Transcript for Paralympian Barred From Competing
We have a story of determination and dashed dreams, about a remarkable young woman. A pachampion. And in the cruelest of twists, she says she's being barred from competing because there's a chance she could someday walk again. 18-year-old victoria arlen has broken four world records in the pool. It's incredible. Reporter: And last year, she took home gold from the paralympic games in london. All of this without the use of her legs. When victoria was 11, she contracted a rare neurological disorder of the spinal cord that left her paralyzed from the waist-down and in a coma for three years. I was paralyzed two weeks of the initial onset of symptoms. Reporter: Confined to a wheelchair, she hasn't let that define her. She was nominated as best female athlete with a disability. Just as she was set to compete in this week's paralympic world championships, she was kicked out of the pool, over a ruling that she's not paralyzed enough. One of the medical reports said that there's a chance that I might be able to walk again. This basically penalizing me for having hope. Reporter: After banning her from competition, the international paralympic committee released a statement, saying arlen failed to provide con cluzive evidence of a permanent eligible impairment. Five medical experts reviewed her records, for which her name had been removed. And concluded there is insufficient evidence to show she has a permanent impairment, end quote. But others disagree. It would be extremely unusual for her to start getting functional recovery seven years after a permanent injury. Reporter: And victoria, for her part, is keeping her chin up. I refuse to be bitter. I hope this doesn't have to happen to any other athlete. You can understand to a degree, their need to be certain. But really, when you think about it, the only thing that could be happier than all the word records she is setting, is that she can perhaps walk again. The rules are there for a reason. But there's a common sense. She hasn't been faking it for seven years. She gets that world record at the paralympic games. She would offer to give them back in a second if she could walk. Rooting for her. Ginger's in for sam. What have we got?
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