Louise Duncan was only 17-year-old when she mentioned to a friend about her shoulder being sore and stiff.
They attributed the symptoms from being a horse enthusiast’s riding lessons that day. Things spiraled downwards from a meningococcal meningitis diagnosis to induced coma, to having seizures & strokes. She recalls, “The doctors told Mum and Dad that I wouldn’t be able to function normally if I came out of this alive.” Being paralyzed from the neck down, she spent a year in hospital learning how to walk and talk again. From there, she would start a long road to recovery. Last year, Duncan, now 33 years old, was part of the New Zealand team who won the 2020 World Dressage.
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