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Young Wash. Gymnast Paralyzed after Spill During Practice

SEATTLE, Wash. (ABC) — A teenage gymnast is in the fight of her life at a Washington medical center, paralyzed from the chest down, after landing on her neck during a routine practice.

“I think this is one of the worst nightmares for a parent,” says Gretchen Miles.

It’s the last place an athlete like Jacoby Miles wants to wake up

“It’s an experience you cant really prepare for,” adds Jason Miles.

In a hospital bed, surrounded by friends, family, “she cant move and she is having to deal with this at the age of 15,” says Gretchen.

This past Friday, Jacoby was warming up at Roach’s Gym in Sumner, Wash., practicing a dismount she’s done countless times.

Jacoby’s coach says that “She got lost during the second rotation of her double back and opened up early and then landed on her neck.”

Her spinal cord wasn’t severed, but Jacoby is paralyzed from the chest down

Jason notes, “It’s very frightening to not be able to move.”

The most painful part may be coming to terms with her new reality

“We’ve had to talk with her about whats going on and its harder to see her try to deal with it.”

And for her parents, it’s the unknown what kind of life their daughter will lead.

Jacoby’s a competitor. She’s a fighter at heart

And this is going to require all the fight she has in her

Doctor’s say it would take divine intervention to walk again. Right now in her hospital be, that’s what she’s praying for.

“We have to prepare mentally for the worst and pray for the best.”

Jacoby is able to move her shoulders and has some feeling in her arms. Doctor’s say there’s a chance she could regain movement in her wrists.


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