“I did, I fell and I don’t understand – why is everyone running to me? I want to get up, but I can’t get up, but my head is clear. I want to move my hand, but I can’t. And then I just thought and said to myself: this is a disaster.”
Unfortunately, it opened up a fraction of a second earlier than was necessary. And she received a fracture of the spine with spinal cord injury. The girl was on the verge of death, and Professor Arkady Livshits arrived from Moscow to perform the operation. He saved Lena’s life, but she became disabled: her arms and legs were completely paralyzed.
After that, for many years she mastered another gymnastics – therapeutic. And her mentor was Nina Lebedeva, a massage therapist. And Lena began a new fight, this time to move her fingers a little.
Once a representative of a sports organization came to her, and the next day a note appeared in the press: “When I entered the ward, Lena was lying on her stomach, reading a newspaper and crying.”
The fact is that then Lena was just doing a set of exercises and it hurt like hell. And the newspaper was laid out so that she would not wet the sheet. And yet it had an effect: after a while, Mukhina was able to sit in a wheelchair, hold a spoon and even write a little. But her troubles did not end there: kidney problems were added to her disability. But the stubborn girl still decided not to give up and struggled with terrible ailments for 26 years.
And at 46, she died of heart failure.