A Truly Plucky Guy

I am more than halfway through writing an autobiography of a brilliant young international triathlete, Dirk Vlieks, who, at the peak of physical fitness, suddenly collapsed during an Ironman race.

He had an almost-fatal stroke. The story of his recovery is inspirational and a message of hope to others suffering a similar fate.
Dirk was felled during the bicycle stage of the three-stage race, held in Kona, Hawaii, when the stroke occurred. Thanks to quick action of the medical staff at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Dirk has come back to run marathons, and a few years later, he finished the race he had been forced to abandon. A truly plucky guy.

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