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Nov 06, 2018 by Shehera Vega Sánchez

Hannah Fractured Her Spine Two Years Ago, and Now She Runs The NYC Marathon

The 25-year-old Hannah is a fighter. She recently walked the New York City marathon. An extraordinary accomplishment, taking into account that she broke her spine just two years ago.

She was on her dream vacation in Thailand when her dream suddenly turned into a horrible nightmare. A man tried to grope her, causing her to plunge into a ravine. She fractured her spine, but sadly this didn't stop the stranger from sexually assaulting Hannah.

Snakes
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.

"I was scared that I’d never be able to move or feel my feet again"

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.

"I might be out there for 12 hours or more, but the goal is finishing it"

One goal
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."



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