Lying in her hospital bed after a frightening bicycle accident, Monique van der Vorst suddenly felt sharp spasms in her legs. The pain was agonising – like electric shocks – and exhausted her shattered body.

But instead of being concerned, Miss van der Vorst was overjoyed. For, 14 years after she was paralysed in an accident, the silver medal-winning Paralympic cyclist was suddenly and against all medical expectations regaining feeling in her legs.

“I still cannot believe I’m actually walking, having sat in a wheelchair since I was thirteen years old,” she told The Sunday Telegraph.

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