Spanish Paralympic swimmer Teresa Perales to return home after anxiety attack

MADRID – A prominent Spanish Paralympic swimmer will be repatriated by plane after being hospitalized in Tokyo with an anxiety attack, the Spanish Paralympic Committee announced Thursday.

Teresa Perales, Spain’s most decorated Paralympic athlete with 27 career medals, has been in hospital since Sunday, the committee said.

Perales, 45, received the prestigious Spanish Sports Award from the Princess of Asturias in June in recognition of his career.

She won silver in the 50-meter backstroke in Tokyo.

Perales lost the use of his legs due to neuropathy at the age of 19 and switched from karate to swimming.

The committee said Perales would be taken to a hospital in Spain upon her scheduled return in the coming days.

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