The Atlantic Diving Team has been hearing rumors about the reason why Coach Osvaldo “Pito” Alberty is in a wheelchair. For dose of you who know Coach Pito personally you know his story, his background and what type of diver he really was. We just want to set the record straight and share the real reason why Coach Pito is in a wheelchair.
There was a time not long ago when Coach Osvaldo "Pito" Alberty was a magician in midair.
He could spring from a one-meter & three-meter diving board, fly high from a 10-meter platform and do flips, somersaults and twists before making a silky entry into the water, legs straight and toes pointed. He was one of the best divers in his native Puerto Rico and qualified for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta with his sister Vivian Alberty and his dad (Mr. A) as the Puerto Rican diving coach.
But a year before the Games, Pito started experiencing flu-like symptoms, a high fever and muscle weakness. Within a week he was paralyzed from the neck down, a victim of the Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare condition in which a person's immune system attacks the peripheral nerves.
It was a particularly disheartening blow for coach Pito, who originally contracted the disease at the age of 3 and fully recovered, disproving the doctors who predicted he would never play sports.
Since his tragic mishap with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) for the second time, He keep his amazing enthusiasm for the sport of diving and spreads that enthusiasm to everyone around him. Coach Pito keeps helping by shaping the dreams of other divers as the Director/Head Coach of the Atlantic Diving Team.
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