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'My Doctor refused to treat me if I went for gold'

Ali Jawad had his heart set on Paralympic gold, but his doctor said he'd refuse to treat him if he trained for it

Ali Jawad was told the night before an operation that he should prepare his friends and family for the worst - he might not wake up again.

The powerlifter, a double above-knee amputee, had fallen ill a few years before at his first Paralympic Games and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, an illness he'd never heard of, a few weeks later.

He had to get his head around the disease quickly and it came with an ultimatum - choose health or gold medals.

Presented by Beth Rose with Ali Jawad.

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