09/02/2021 at 3:01 PM CEST
Desirée Vila It is the spitting image of a person wanting to eat the world. As a child, she flew like no one doing acrobatic gymnastics, the sport she was most passionate about and with which she became champion of Spain and nineteenth in the world championship in Paris in the category between 11 and 16 years old. Today she is a Paralympic athlete and an ‘influencer’ on social media.
He jumped like angels with elements and pirouettes included and in one of those jumps, on February 6, 2015, while training with his teammates from the Flic Flac Club in the ETEA sports hall in Vigo with the European as the objective, he fell . His leg hurt a lot and he went to the hospital.
After a first assessment, the Galician athlete, Iberdrola ambassador, He was admitted with a fracture of the tibia and fibula on the right leg. On March 2, she was referred to the Povisa Hospital, but given the impossibility of recovering the area affected by ischemia – arrest or decrease in blood circulation. on March 4, his leg was amputated.
Desirée and her family decided to report the facts, considering that there was medical negligence, which resulted in a sentence against Dr. Pedro Larrauri.
Reinventing yourself after losing your leg
Since that damn accident Desirée had to reinvent herself. Acrobatic gymnastics is over forever. After a period of rehabilitation, the 23-year-old athlete from Gondomar he looked again in sport for an outlet that would give him happiness. He first tried wheelchair tennis, basketball, and swimming. But in 2018 he entered the world of athletics.
In the blink of an eye, the athlete from Vigo was already champion of Spain in the 100 and 60 meters as well as the long jump in her category, the T63 for athletes with a prosthetic leg.
He has arrived in Tokyo with high expectations after achieving qualification at the Basauri Rally with a jump of 4.17, new record for Spain and fourth best world record of the season. The Galician athlete participated this Thursday in the long jump where she finished in sixth position, an Olympic diploma at the 2020 Paralympic Games. “I could have done better, we are going to analyze everything that has happened. the shin remains of having done better. I would have been happier if I had achieved my personal best, but well, an Olympic diploma in my first Games is pretty good. and now everything that comes is going to be much better. “
Desi is already thinking about the future where he will undoubtedly see Paris 2024: “I take the experience, knowing how to concentrate and compete with opponents with a lot of experience, so this is what I take after having lived my first Games.”
He acknowledged that the 100-meter dash, which he will play on Saturday 4th, is not his test “but I will fight to enter the final and anything can happen and there I will look for my personal brand “.
‘Influencer’ with thousands of followers and model
‘Desi’ has other facets. He has found a gold mine in social networks to explain his will to live and his experiences in athletics. He has almost 780,000 followers on Tik Tok, 59,000 followers on Instagram, 7,500 on twitter, and 4,200 on facebook. which has made him a great ‘influencer’ who also takes advantage of having so many followers to normalize adapted sport. His experiences in Tokyo are being among the most viewed among his followers, who were aware of his results at the Olympic Stadium.
His book and his studies
In June 2018 he published ‘The only thing incurable is the will to live’, book in which he narrates all his experiences and explains his experiences, how he assumed losing a leg, how he recovered from the blow, and how his will to live has been his driving force all these years. ‘Desi’ also studied tourism in England and Malta but returned to Spain settling in Madrid where she is studying International Relations, which she combines with her training at the CAR in Madrid. Nothing stops her and at 23 she still wants to fight a lot on the athletics track, on social networks and in life in general.