Pete Reed Paralysed Below the Chest, Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist Rower Reveals About His Medical Condition in an Emotional Instagram Post
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Pete Reed, a three-time Olympic gold medallist rower, has been paralysed after suffering a spinal stroke. The Athlete, who is also a former Lieutenant Commander of the British Royal Navy, broke the news about his medical condition on his Instagram profile. 38-year-old Reed informed in an emotional post that he has been paralysed from below his chest. Reed won gold medals in three consecutive Olympics Games - Beijing Olympics 2008, London Olympics 2012 and Rio Olympics 2016. Reed has also clinched five gold medals and three silver medals at World Rowing Championships.

Informing that doctors weren’t certain what caused his stroke, Reed wrote on his Instagram post, “Doctors can’t be certain what caused my stroke. It was in the middle of my spine so I’m currently paralysed beneath my chest”. The British Rover also revealed that he has a very small chance for him to recover fully. “Prognosis: there is no crystal ball. There is a very small chance I will make no recovery and a very small chance I will make a full recovery. Much more likely it will be somewhere in between. To what extent depends on the extent of the damage (which we can’t see) and how well I rehab”, he further wrote. Have a look at Reed's Instagram post. Paris 2024 Olympics Logo Gets Ridiculed Online, Netizens Find Similarities With Dating App Tinder. 

 

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Public SitRep: Today is #WorldStrokeDay so I thought I would update you on my current situation. Spinal strokes are very rare. They essentially starve the spinal cord of oxygen which can kill off the cells that transmit the signals sent between the brain and (in my case) the lower body. Doctors can’t be certain what caused my stroke. It was in the middle of my spine so I’m currently paralysed beneath my chest. Prognosis: there is no crystal ball. There is a very small chance I will make no recovery and a very small chance I will make a full recovery. Much more likely it will be somewhere in between. To what extent depends on the extent of the damage (which we can’t see) and how well I rehab. All the other news is great. My arms are still strong and my brain is still as average as it ever was. My personal support network continues to be bombproof (thank you so much) and I am handling myself every bit as well as you would hope. I’m keeping a diary of this whole experience - the ups, downs, challenges, triumphs. I’ll keep odd posts coming. Until then, enjoy the rugby (if you’re going to spend a prolonged period in hospital, it may as well be during the 2019 Rugby World Cup). Onwards. • Thank you for all the comments on my last post. Thanks also to all of you who have offered to help... right now I don’t even know what to ask for. I feel like I have everything I need at this stage.

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Reed also thanked everyone for their support in his unfortunate sufferings. “Thank you for all the comments on my last post. Thanks also to all of you who have offered to help... right now I don’t even know what to ask for. I feel like I have everything I need at this stage”, he added.  Reed was gearing up for the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020 but he announced his retirement from the sport in 2018. In 2017, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services for his nation in the sport of rowing.