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Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin DWTS Season 12

Posted by on March 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM EST

petra nemcova dwts 2011Petra Nemcova and her partner Dmitry Chaplin compete on DWTS Season 12.

It seems like every season of DWTS Season 12 there is a contestant that has overcome some serious tragedy or hardship in their life. This season that person is model Petra Nemcova (partner: Dmitry Chaplin). Petra was on vacation in Thailand in 2004 when the deadly tsunami struck. Nemcova was swept away in the water but managed to save herself by clutching to the top of a palm tree for eight hours with a broken pelvis and severe internal injuries. She was rescued but her boyfriend died. Petra Nemcova spent nearly two months in the hospital recovering to the point where she could move on her own again and many months after that in physical therapy just to get back to normal.

Petra Nemcova is also not just another pretty face. She speaks six different languages and committed to a vegan lifestyle after learning about the planet’s rapidly diminishing fish supply. Since her near death experience she has worked tireless raising money for the survivors of the 2004 tsunami and also has taken part in fund raising for reconstruction. In 2005 she founded the Happy Hearts Fund, a charity that helps victims of natural disasters all over the world. That she can even walk and appear on DWTS Season 12 is amazing. I have a feeling her fighters heart will come out and she along with partner Dmitry Chaplin will do very well.



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