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I’m not scared of traffic.
When I’m in the street, I always go fast.
If I’m going to die, let it be head-on!
My name is Ingrid Maldonado.
I’m 20...can I lie?
I’m 28 years old and I live in Guatemala.
Right now we’re going to my work, the municipal building.
I’ve worked here for six years.
I help people who can’t read or write
with their applications.
I’m also a student.
I love working with people.
Everyone wants to know how my accident happened.
I don’t like to talk about it.
When I was two years old,
my brother and I were in the kitchen.
Someone knocked on the door and Mom went to answer it.
When she came back, I was on fire.
They immediately took me to the hospital.
This part was from my accident.
I don’t know how it was saved.
My legs were amputated little by little, not in one operation.
It was because of medical negligence that I lost my legs.
Every day I got three or four shots.
It was very painful for me.
I remember leaving the hospital for the last time.
I was 12, and I was happy
because I didn’t want to live there anymore.
I’m the kind of person who loves to persevere.
I don’t give up easily.
Just like other people, I sometimes get depressed.
Then I think, “What am I doing?
There are people who suffer much more.
Why am I sad?”
I love to swim.
The first week I went swimming,
I didn’t wear a life jacket.
I got tired and sank to the bottom.
I swallowed a lot of water and my instructor saved me.
It was funny.
He told me not to be so daring, but if I don’t take risks,
I’ll never be able to take off my life jacket and overcome my fears.
Nothing is impossible.
Limits are in our thoughts.
That’s what my parents have taught me.
My dad gets after me, saying,
“Yes you can, Why don’t you?”
I believe that is why I am the way I am.
I think about when Jesus Christ was on Earth.
I try to imagine that his life was happy,
that He wasn’t a sad person
who went through life crying all the time.
I believe that God really loves me
and has always been with me, in every moment, in everything.
I’m a swimmer.
I’m a student.
I’m a capable person with no limits.
My name is Ingrid Maldonado,
and I’m a Mormon.