For Victoria Mitchell to simply make it to the start line on the Gold Coast, she had already won her race.
Victoria Mitchell discovered her appendix was gangrenous weeks before event
Mitchell finished ninth in the 3,000m steeplechase final
Friends and family motivated her to make the start line
Mitchell, for much of the past fortnight, appeared to have almost no hope of competing at a third Commonwealth Games after she was forced to undergo an appendectomy.
On the Monday before the Easter weekend Mitchell made a trip to the hospital after experiencing stomach pains, only to be diagnosed with a virus and sent home.
The pain intensified and she returned to the hospital to undergo a CT scan, which revealed she had appendicitis.
On the Wednesday, two weeks to the day before Mitchell was due to run in the 3,000 metres steeplechase final at the Games, she had her appendix removed but her troubles did not stop there.
Doctors discovered her appendix was gangrenous and she was forced to remain in hospital because of infection until the following Saturday.