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Double amputee Paralympian accosted by angry woman for parking in disabled space

A Paralympic swimmer was recently accosted by an angry woman for parking in a disabled space.

Double amputee Jessica Long, who is training for the 2021 Paralympics in Tokyo, often wears prosthetics.

The 28-year-old was born with a birth defect called fibular hemimilia and had both of her legs amputated at 18 months so she could learn to walk with prosthetics.

When she was parking in the handicapped area, a woman had looked ‘disgusted’ at Jessica and came over to ask her why she had parked there.

Jessica, from Maryland, explained that she was an amputee and was wearing prosthetics however the woman simply stormed off.

The Paralympian shared a TikTok video explaining how it wasn’t the first time this happened to her.

Jessica’s video resonated with many as more than four million people viewed her clip.

Some offered words of support and sympathy for the swimmer.

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Jessica said: ‘So, it just happened again. I was parking my car — and I hope she sees this — this woman just has the nerve to look me up and down disgusted that I parked in the handicapped spot.

‘She just kind of rolled down her window and proceeded to be like, “You shouldn’t park there.” ‘I was just like, “Okay, I’m an amputee. I don’t have legs. 

‘That’s why I’m parked in the handicapped [space]. That’s why I have the handicapped pass”. And she kind of just drove off.’ 

Jessica added that these aggressions had become quite common for her in adulthood.

She said: ‘I was never bullied as a kid and I didn’t know that I was going to be bullied by adults because I park in handicap.


‘And I get it. I’m young, I’m athletic, but I’m also missing legs! And I know I make it look easy, but it’s still really hard. My legs are heavy, they hurt me. I’m in pain.’

Jessica ended her clip with a message to those who assume things about people.

‘Just be kind,’ she said. ‘You don’t need to know why someone is parked in handicapped.’

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