MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova, who suffered a broken back during a training session at the Sochi Olympics, is appealing for financial help to continue her treatment and rehabilitation.
“I am training in a clinic in Spain and the doctor gave me a 90 percent chance that I would be able to stand on my legs again, when others did not even give me a one percent chance,” the 23-year-old Komissarova wrote on her Instagram page on Monday.
”Those who care about my destiny, I am asking you for financial help. The rehabilitation process costs a lot of money and I will have to pay for it myself.
“It will take around a year and I will be undertaking exercises every day, without any days off for 5-6 hours every day. I need in the region of 27 million roubles ($765,000).”
The Russian freestyle skiing Federation said last week on its website (www.ffr-ski.ru) that Komissarova’s treatment could be “paid for by the charity fund ‘Ostrova’ (Islands) and direct donations to Maria through her website (www.maria-komissarova.com).”
Komissarova, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a fall during training on Feb. 15, had already spent two months in Germany undergoing a series of operations.
Reporting by Dmitry Rogovistkiy; Editing by Julien Pretot