Amputee Realizes his Olympic Dreams
- Published on Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:29
Mark Ward, an officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, took an interest in Malek when he was 15 years-old, after seeing him struggle with inefficient prosthetics and jagged bits of bone piercing his skin. Mark brought Malek back to the states where he was took in by the Loma Linda University Medical Center. During his time in the United States he learned English and participated in sports activities. But swimmiing has become his passion.
After returning to Afghanistan, Malek set a goal of competing in the Olympics. Unfortunately, Afghanistan has not invested much in providing support to those with similar dreams, disabled or not. As a result, many are left with little to no help from coaches or trainers in preparation for the games. But Malek has plenty of support from his family and friends in the community.
Now 18, Malek has reached his goal. In August, Malek will compete in the swimming competitions in the 2012 Paralympics in London.