Lenin Moreno

Ecuador Paraplegic President-Elect Stirs Hope for Disabled People

By Alexandra Ulmer

QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador’s paraplegic president-elect Lenin Moreno will become a rare head of state to use a wheelchair when he takes office next month, stirring hope for disabled people worldwide.

Leftist Moreno, a 64-year-old former vice president, lost use of his legs after he was shot two decades ago during a robbery while he was buying bread with his wife.

Following a difficult recovery, he says he choose to “continue living” and wrote nearly 10 motivational books, including one called ‘Laugh, Don’t be Ill.’


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