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B’deshi autistic woman is Special Olympics champion

It is difficult to imagine that a woman with both physical and mental disability could accomplish something that even normal people cannot hope to achieve. Indeed, what Shewli Shathi has done can be considered a miracle.

Shathi, 27, was born into a poor family in Dhaka and was unable to walk until she was 15-years old. She is also autistic. With extraordinary courage and determination, Shathi defied all the hurdles along the way. In fact, she already has won medals in national and international sports competitions, including the Special Olympics.

Shathi brought home two silver medals and a bronze in badminton in the Special Olympics World Summer Games held in 2007 in Shanghai, China.

She also gained five gold medals in bocce in the first Asia Pacific Special Olympics in Brunei in 2009 and in the 4th Asia Pacific Special Olympics also held in Brunei in 2012.  
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