A teenage gymnast in Seattle is paralyzed from the chest down because of an accident during practice. Now she is at Harborview Medical Center, fighting to recover fully.
Jacoby Miles, 15, was warming up on Friday at Roach Gymnastics in Summer when the accident happened, said Komo News. Jacoby’s coached posted on Facebook that "she got lost during the second rotation of her double back and opened up early and then landed on her neck."
Jacoby’s father, Jason Miles, said her spinal cord was not broken but stated that Jacoby still “lost all feeling from her chest down instantly.”
Jason said he and his wife, Gretchen Miles told Jacoby about her condition and that it was difficult to see her try to handle her new reality.
"I think this is one of the worst nightmares for a parent," said Gretchen Miles.
This family does not know how Jacoby will be able to function in life since she’s paralyzed, but they do know that she is a “competitor and a fighter at heart.”
Although doctors believe Jacoby could possibly be able to move her wrists again, they do not think she will ever walk again. Still, her family is praying she will recover completely.
"We have to prepare mentally for the worst and pray for the best," Jason said. "I know God has big plans for her."
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