Wednesday 21 August 2019

Former Dublin model left paralysed by a brain tumour astounds doctors with recovery

The determination of once wheel-chair bound Lana has impressed fellow gym members
The determination of once wheel-chair bound Lana has impressed fellow gym members
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

A former Dublin model who was paralysed due to a brain tumour is now strong enough to stand and train with weights as she is determined to leave her wheelchair behind.

Lana Kurasidze was a successful model and nightclub hostess in the city 10 years ago.

The determination of once wheel-chair bound Lana has impressed fellow gym members
The determination of once wheel-chair bound Lana has impressed fellow gym members

However, Lana, originally from Latvia but now living in Ballymun, was struck with a malignant and aggressive cancer. She was unable to walk and began to lose her sight as the tumour grew in size.

Although her medical team feared the worst, strong-minded Lana (inset) pushed through and recovered, although she is confined to a wheelchair.

Lana (31) is now learning to use her legs again with the help of physiotherapy and says she astounds other members at Sports and Fitness Ballymun.

"One of my goals now is to be a good example for people and for able-bodied people to see others in wheelchairs as equal. That's all I'm interested in now," she told the Herald.

The determination of once wheel-chair bound Lana has impressed fellow gym members
The determination of once wheel-chair bound Lana has impressed fellow gym members

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