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A young Utah woman whose parents were told to abort her because she would be a “vegetable” just proved that every life deserves a chance.

Eliza McIntosh, a 21-year-old from Salt Lake City, was recently named Ms. Wheelchair America. She’s broken a Guinness World Record (longest distance traveled while doing a wheelie; she held herself up for more than 12 miles), is an avid wheelchair basketball player and is out there trying to show people that life with a disability can be just as fulfilling as life without one.

Before she was born, doctors advised McIntosh’s parents to abort her because of her diagnosis. The family’s doctors predicted that Eliza would be in “a vegetative state” and have “no quality of life.”  The doctors were wrong. McIntosh has used a wheelchair for her whole life, but her condition is much less severe than the doctors predicted.

“Having a disability is something you’re born with, but being disabled means you let it stop you.”

Read her story at

a picture of Eliza smiling with her crown on her shoulder length brown hair








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