Exeter swimmer 'heartbroken' by ban from world meet
"I feel numb and completely shocked with the turn of events," she said. "The definite reasons given to make the ineligible decision come to pass were not clear and do not seem fair."
Arlen said that this year, Victoria's qualifying times had been superior.
Victoria Arlen was struck with the rare neurological disorder transverse myelitis when she was 11 years old. The disease put her in a coma for two years and left her unable to use her legs. She taught herself to swim without using her legs.
A report prepared by Dr. Michael Levy of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found her disabled.
But Levy held out hope that science, therapy and the resolve that made her a world-class athlete might someday restore mobility to the legs Arlen has been unable to use for more than seven years.
An appeals board upheld the ruling.
An additional report from Levy explaining his finding did not alter the IPC decision.
The IPC decision was condemned by New Hampshire's U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.
"My heart has been ripped out," he said. "I have the same feeling right now as when my daughter was in the ICU and I couldn't help her. That's how I feel today."
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