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Orphan raised by Mother Teresa Sisters in Baghdad is to compete in Paralympics

By on Thursday, 9 August 2012

Ahmed Kelly will represent Australia at the Games

Ahmed Kelly will represent Australia at the Games

An orphan raised by the Missionaries of Charity in Baghdad is to compete in a sprint swimming event at the London Paralympics.

Ahmed Kelly, who grew up in Australia after being adopted aged nine, will race in the 50m breaststroke. He has already broken a world record twice at 100m.

Kelly, who was born with severely underdeveloped arms and legs, was left outside the Sisters’ orphanage in Baghdad and raised there until he was adopted, along with his brother, by Moira Kelly, an Australian humanitarian worker.

In Australia he had surgery on his legs and, fitted with prosthetic limbs, played Aussie rules football for his school and club before taking up swimming.

Moira Kelly, who founded the Children First Foundation, was herself inspired by Mother Teresa to become an aid worker. Ahmed’s brother, Emmanuel, starred in the US version of The X Factor.

  • Fides_et_Ratio

    Hope he wins the gold medal.

    And blessed Mother Theresa should be canonized.

  • teigitur

    What a nice edifying story. All the very best to him. I pray for him to win gold.

  • Miggymag

    Yes I agree what a lovely story.  I hope Ahmed wins gold he deserves it. I remember seeing his brother on  X Factor too.  Brilliant, both of them. 

  • Fides_et_Ratio

    I don’t know whether this is a good thing (maybe a sign of pride) but I feel myself diminished when I see these life stories of handicapped people overcoming their obstacles and achieving great victory. They show how mentally weak I am.

    Also see

    Anyway, hope he wins the gold medal.

  • Mkdl1002

    This is a perfect example of “Every life has value”. He’s already a winner to me! What an inspiration he & his brother are to the rest of the world!