Snakes crawled over her body when a shop worker in Thailand sexually assaulted her. Hannah thought she would die, but luckily she got saved and her attacker got arrested.
Her injuries were severe. "The doctors were a little negative (about my ability to walk)," she told The Post. "I was scared that I’d never be able to move or feel my feet again." Because of her determination, however, Hannah learned to walk again by using crutches and braces. She still can't feel her ankles and feet, but her good willpower doesn't let her give up. "I’m going to be a functioning human," she said. "I don’t want to feel like I’m left behind."
So Hannah set up a personal goal; walking the New York City Marathon. She started training intensively. Six hours and sixteen miles per day. Hannah wanted everybody to benefit from her participation, so she decided to raise money for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Christopher is known for performing the role of Superman from 1978 to 1987. He got paralyzed after a horse riding accident.
Hannah didn't have the ambition to run the marathon as fast as possible, as long as she makes it to the end. "I don’t think the time really matters. I might be out there for 12 hours or more, but the goal is finishing it," she explained beforehand.
Moreover, the brave girl made it! Everybody cheered loudly when Hannah crossed the finish line. "I didn’t expect this many people," Hannah said, tears running over her face. "It just shows my city has my back. My city is awesome, waiting for me here — I don’t know how long everyone waited for me — it just means so much to me that you guys stayed. Thank you."
Two years ago, Hannah Gavios fell 150 feet off a cliff while trying to escape an assault.— ESPN (@espn) 5 november 2018
On Sunday, she completed the NYC Marathon ð pic.twitter.com/opURmHK4pg