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Victoria Arlen (born September 26, 1994) is a current television personality for ESPN, as well as an actress, speaker, model, and former American

Victoria Arlen Biography

Victoria Arlen (born September 26, 1994) is a current television personality for ESPN, as well as an actress, speaker, model, and former American Paralympian swimmer. Arlen is a triplet and has two brothers.

Arlen, at the age of eleven, developed two rare conditions known as transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. This was an extremely rare scenario, and Victoria quickly lost the ability to speak, eat, walk, and move. She slipped into a vegetative state in which recovery was unlikely.

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Arlen spent nearly four years “locked” inside her own body, completely aware of what was going on, just unable to move or communicate. Doctors believed there was little hope of survival, and recovery was unlikely.

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The Story of Victoria Arlen, Girl Who Was Trapped in Her Body for Years

An ESPN personality who appeared on “Dancing With The Stars” has had to overcome a lot. Instead of doing the normal things an 11-year-old does, she was trapped in her own body for years.

Victoria Arlen, who was born a triplet along with her two other brothers, became vegetative at age 11 and was fighting for her life the whole time.

“I was the kid that never got sick,” she said before she became “locked in,” according to CNN. “The likelihood of me being the one to go through all that I went through was not even on anyone’s radar.”

Arlen had pain on her right side before losing a significant amount of weight. Then, her legs stopped working along with her motor skills. Later, her cognitive function ceased.

The vegetative state lasted four years, she said, saying that her family seemingly didn’t know she was there.

She said that in 2006, “I was kind of like a ghost living in this shell of a human being.” Several years later, in January 2009, she became aware. In those several years, “everything” was “dark” and she couldn’t remember anything.

When she woke up, she found herself inside a body that couldn’t move.

“It took three years for doctors to diagnose me with two equally rare conditions: Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, autoimmune disorders that caused swelling in my brain and spinal cord. I’ve since learned that, had my doctors diagnosed me correctly in 2006, a steroid injection could have prevented all of this. But at the time of my diagnosis, they offered my family little hope. They told them I would be a vegetable for the rest of my life. I heard those conversations,” she wrote for ESPN.

“I’m thinking I’m having a full-on conversation, realizing I can’t move my eyes, and I can’t move my head. And no one’s responding to me,” she told CNN. Arlen said she could hear conversations between doctors and her family, but she couldn’t respond in any way.

“The doctors were pretty much like, this was it. I wasn’t going to make it. And if I did make it, I’d probably be a vegetable the rest of my life,” CNN quoted her as saying.

But the young woman said she didn’t give up.

“I had a great life and a family I really wanted to see [and] I decided that I was going to fight every single day,” she wrote for Elle. “I created a really hefty bucket list and I spent a lot of my time preparing for the moment I would break free and be ready to go and make a difference. I made a promise to God and said ‘If you give me a second chance, I will use my voice to change the world and I won’t waste a single moment.’ Every day is such a blessing and I didn’t want to waste it.”

To occupy her time, she wrote screenplays in her head, practiced her time’s tables, and listened to the television. “I paid attention because I was convinced that when I came back, I didn’t want to be left out. … I was going from 11 to 15 relatively overnight,” she said.

According to an article she wrote for Elle, Arlen said she suffered 20 seizures per day and wasn’t sleeping. Doctors gave her a drug to make her sleep, but it somehow sent a signal to her body to wake up.

“I had this moment where I realized I could blink, and I had eye contact,” she said.

Arlen said her mother noticed something different.

“She’s like, ‘If you can hear me, can you blink? Can you blink twice?’ And I was like this crazy blinker. And she was like, ‘Oh, my gosh! She’s in there!’ And my family realized I’d been in there the whole time,” she said.

After making eye contact with her mother in December 2009, she slowly began to recover.

“Raw sounds became words, became sentences. A twitch of my index finger became the wave of my hand. The ability to swallow pudding eventually led to me mowing on a steak,” she told ESPN.

For her recovery, after several years, Arlen said she had to re-learn simple tasks such as wiggling her fingers. She also had to work with speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

She was told that she would likely be confined to a wheelchair. However, she also able to overcome that as well.

“In 2016 Victoria’s endless hard work, training, determination, and perseverance delivered results when she got out of her wheelchair and began walking on her own despite the lack of feeling in her legs,” according to her website.

Later, doctors found that she had two autoimmune diseases that caused severe inflammation in her brain and spinal cord, leading to the vegetative state, the Daily Mail noted.

Arlen said her mother noticed something different.

“She’s like, ‘If you can hear me, can you blink? Can you blink twice?’ And I was like this crazy blinker. And she was like, ‘Oh, my gosh! She’s in there!’ And my family realized I’d been in there the whole time,” she said.

After making eye contact with her mother in December 2009, she slowly began to recover.

“Raw sounds became words, became sentences. A twitch of my index finger became the wave of my hand. The ability to swallow pudding eventually led to me mowing on a steak,” she told ESPN.

For her recovery, after several years, Arlen said she had to re-learn simple tasks such as wiggling her fingers. She also had to work with speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

She was told that she would likely be confined to a wheelchair. However, she also able to overcome that as well.

“In 2016 Victoria’s endless hard work, training, determination, and perseverance delivered results when she got out of her wheelchair and began walking on her own despite the lack of feeling in her legs,” according to her website.

Later, doctors found that she had two autoimmune diseases that caused severe inflammation in her brain and spinal cord, leading to the vegetative state, the Daily Mail noted.

Arlen said her mother noticed something different.

“She’s like, ‘If you can hear me, can you blink? Can you blink twice?’ And I was like this crazy blinker. And she was like, ‘Oh, my gosh! She’s in there!’ And my family realized I’d been in there the whole time,” she said.

After making eye contact with her mother in December 2009, she slowly began to recover.

“Raw sounds became words, became sentences. A twitch of my index finger became the wave of my hand. The ability to swallow pudding eventually led to me mowing on a steak,” she told ESPN. For her recovery, after several years, Arlen said she had to re-learn simple tasks such as wiggling her fingers. She also had to work with speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

She was told that she would likely be confined to a wheelchair. However, she also able to overcome that as well.

“In 2016 Victoria’s endless hard work, training, determination, and perseverance delivered results when she got out of her wheelchair and began walking on her own despite the lack of feeling in her legs,” according to her website.

Later, doctors found that she had two autoimmune diseases that caused severe inflammation in her brain and spinal cord, leading to the vegetative state, the Daily Mail noted.

Arlen said her mother noticed something different.

“She’s like, ‘If you can hear me, can you blink? Can you blink twice?’ And I was like this crazy blinker. And she was like, ‘Oh, my gosh! She’s in there!’ And my family realized I’d been in there the whole time,” she said.

After making eye contact with her mother in December 2009, she slowly began to recover. “Raw sounds became words, became sentences. A twitch of my index finger became the wave of my hand. The ability to swallow pudding eventually led to me mowing on a steak,” she told ESPN.

For her recovery, after several years, Arlen said she had to re-learn simple tasks such as wiggling her fingers. She also had to work with speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. She was told that she would likely be confined to a wheelchair. However, she also able to overcome that as well.

“In 2016 Victoria’s endless hard work, training, determination, and perseverance delivered results when she got out of her wheelchair and began walking on her own despite the lack of feeling in her legs,” according to her website. Later, doctors found that she had two autoimmune diseases that caused severe inflammation in her brain and spinal cord, leading to the vegetative state, the Daily Mail noted.

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Host and Reporter

Paralympian gold medalist Victoria Arlen joined ESPN in December 2015 as a features reporter and now works as a host and reporter. Hired at the age of 21, she became one of ESPN’s youngest regular reporters ever.

She made her ESPN television debut as a features venue reporter at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Since then, in addition to reporting from the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, she has reported and hosted from the X Games and Invictus Games, done features and updates for SportsCenter and reported for espnW.

She also has appeared on College GameDay and the SEC Network’s coverage of NCAA swimming and diving. Arlen has a remarkable story of overcoming odds and adversity. At 11 years old, she was diagnosed with two rare conditions; Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis.

She soon lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move; doctors believed she had little chance of survival, let alone recovery. Fighting for her life, Arlen persevered through four years of being in a vegetative state and shortly after, began the near-impossible journey to relearn everyday tasks and functions.

But recover she did – when she joined ESPN, she was in a wheelchair – in the Spring of 2017, she celebrated the one-year anniversary of regaining her ability to walk. During her recovery, she became an accomplished motivational speaker, actress, model, and competitive swimmer.

In early 2012, Arlen qualified to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, winning a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle event in a new world record time along with three silver medals in the 50-meter, 400-meter, and the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

In addition, Arlen has also broken several other World, American and Pan American Records. In the fall of 2017, Arlen was a contestant on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, advancing to the final four before being eliminated. Her autobiography, entitled “Locked In,” will be published in 2018.

Born in Boston, Mass., Arlen was raised in Exeter, N.H., and attended Exeter High School. Despite missing five years of schooling, she returned to high school and graduated within three years.

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LOCKED IN: THE WILL TO SURVIVE AND THE RESOLVE TO LIVE
ESPN personality and Paralympics champion Victoria Arlen shares her courageous and miraculous story of recovery after falling into a mysterious vegetative state at age eleven and how she broke free, overcoming the odds and never giving up hope, eventually living a full and inspiring life.

When Victoria Arlen was eleven years old, she contracted two rare diseases simultaneously and fell into a mysterious vegetative state. For two years her mind was dark, but in the third year, her mind broke free, and she was able to think clearly and to hear and feel everything—but no one knew.

When she was fifteen years old, against all odds and medical predictions, she was finally able to communicate through eye blinks, and she gradually regained her ability to speak and eat and move her upper body, but she faced the devastating reality of paralysis from the waist down because of damage to her spine.

However, Victoria didn’t lose her strength or steadfast determination, and two years later, she won a gold medal for swimming at the London 2012 Paralympics. In Locked In, Victoria shares her never-before-published story—the pain, the struggle, the fight to live and thrive, and most importantly, the faith that carried her through.

Her journey was not easy, but by believing in God’s healing power and forgiveness, she is living proof that, despite seemingly insurmountable odds and challenges, the will to survive and resolve to live can be a force stronger than our worst deterrents. Not many people get a second chance at life as Victoria has, and she made a promise to God that she would make every moment count

Ex-Boyfriend Calls After Her Performance; Low-Key Dating Life

During the Dancing with the Stars season 25, Victoria Arlen impressed the judges with her sultry, sexual spicy Argentine Tango in November 2017. The star lady danced with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

The performance was widely appreciated not only by her families, friends, and well-wishers but also by her ex-boyfriend, with whom she had not spoken for years. Talking about the reaction of her performance to US Weekly, the ESPN personality said,

It was fun to show that side it was fun to learn that dance. My family loved it, my friends loved it. I even heard from ex-boyfriends. That was really funny — people I haven’t talked to in years!

Victoria Arlen and her partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy perform on Dancing with the Stars in November 2017 (Photo: justjaredjr.com)

Back in 2012, the ABC News article once mentioned that she is dating someone. After she became disqualified from the Paralympic Swimming World Championships, she decided to spend time in California with her boyfriend and mother.

However, she has chosen privacy over her relationship and has remained obscured to provide the details of her mentioned boyfriend. She is focused on her career and prefers to keep it out of the buzz when it comes to the relationship. As of June 2018, she is reportedly single.

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