In his attempt to run the length and breadth of Australia, Christophe Vissant is certainly pushing himself to his limits. But above all, he wants to live out his childhood dream. He wants to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef.
He could have simply flown there, but he would have betrayed the promise he made to a sea turtle in 2003. The Red Sea, April 2003: An outstanding scuba diver, Christophe Vissant fell victim to a terrible decompression sickness accident.
He then spent a week in a hyperbaric chamber. The doctors’ prognosis was hardly reassuring. If the small nitrogen bubble stuck in his inner ear moved back towards his brain, they were anticipating at best, hemiplegia and at worst, quadriplegia.
In his troubled dreams, amid pain and delirium, this infamous sea turtle with whom he had crossed paths just a few minutes before his accident, whispered relentlessly in his ear: “If you really believe in your dreams, you can make them come true”.
Christophe regained the use of his legs. Since then he hasn’t stopped chasing his dream.