By Jessica Jerreat. Paralympic gold medalist Victoria Arlen, who is paralyzed from the waist down, has been told she cannot take part in the Montreal World Championships days before it took place because she is not disabled enough. The IPC decided that year-old Victoria, who was paralyzed by a rare neurological disorder seven years ago, was not suffering from a permanent disability and so was not eligible to be a paralympian. Disappointed: Gold medal winner Victoria Arlen, who is paralyzed, has been told she is no longer eligible to be a Paralympian. In a Facebook post the swimmer, who broke world records for the m and m freestyle, said: ' To have trained so hard this past year and come so far only to be humiliated and targeted by the IPC for reasons unknown baffles me. When Victoria competed as part of team USA at the London Olympics last year she was classified as between being a 5 and 6 in a system where 15 is nearly able-bodied, according to ABC News. Victoria, who was a runner up for ESPY's Best Female Athlete with a Disability award this year, developed a rare neurological condition that paralyzed her and left her in a coma for three years. The condition, transverse myelitis in association with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis or ADEM, damages nerve cell fibers in the body. Paralyzed: The teenager, who holds two world records, lost the use of her lower body through a rare neurological disease. Penalized: Victoria, a runner up at the ESPY awards this year, was banned because of the possibility that she may one day regain the use of her legs.
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The record-setting and gold-medalist swimmer also feels "humiliated" and "targeted" by the International Paralympic Committee, which executed the decision even after Arlen arrived to Montreal with Team USA. The World Swimming Championships began on Monday. I feel numb and completely shocked with the turn of events," Arlen said in a statement posted on her Facebook page on Sunday morning. What message are we giving the world when we don't encourage hope for disabled individuals? I always choose hope and encourage hope no matter the circumstance. As it stands today unfortunately I am disabled and that won't change in the near future. Arlen's case has received further support from two New Hampshire officials. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte sent letters to the International Paralympic Committee saying that notifying Arlen that she is ineligible shortly before the competition is to start is wrong and unfair. Shaheen and Ayotte wrote that Arlen's accomplishments, in and out of the water, are a testament to her ability in building a bridge between sports and social awareness and those living with a disability.
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By Jane Ridley. April 26, pm Updated April 26, pm. Victoria Arlen is the picture of confidence. In , when Arlen was 11, she developed two rare inflammatory disorders. Gradually, she lost the ability to move much of her body, speak and feed herself. In December , insomnia was added to her long list of symptoms. She was given a sedative to help her sleep.
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