How is the injured cheerleader after her accident?

MAKAYLA Noble has been fighting for life following a freak accident in a backyeard.

Makayla, 16, suffered a severe spinal injury on September 20, 2021, and was rushed to a Texas hospital.


Makayla Noble, 16, suffered severe spinal injuries while performing a tumbling exerciseCredit: makaylamnoble/Instagram

Who is Makayla Noble?

Makayla is a Texas cheerleader who was seriously injured during an exercise.

She was rushed to hospital where she was placed on a ventilator and given a feeding tube, according to Newsweek.

A family friend told the outlet that the 16-year-old had hurt herself in a “freak accident in somebody’s backyard”.

What happened to Makayla Noble?

Mayakla was performing a tumbling exercise when the accident occurred on September 20.

Tumbling is a form of gymnastics that involves a series of acrobatic moves down a 25-meter sprung track.

Makayla’s family were told the cheerleeder “has not been given a chance of walking again”, according to family friend Tiffany Smith.

According to Smith, the accident left Makayla with “movement in het hands, and she is paralysed from the chest down”.

How is Makayla Noble doing?

The Texan was placed on a ventilator in early September when she contracted pneumonia.

It was removed on Sunday, October 3, 2021, when the teen showed signs of recovery. However, that was short-lived.

On Tuesday, October 5, her family announced Makayla would be placed back on a ventilator after her left lung became partially inflated, according to an update on Makayla’s Fight Facebook group page.

Doctors have also placed a tracheotomy tube alongside the ventilator to help prevent the long from drooping and fitted her with a feeding tube.

The family has asked for people to pray for help and have set up a GoFundMe page in Makayla’s name.

According to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center estimates, around 100,000 gymnasts are injured each year.

The vast majority are wrist, finger, knee, leg, and back injuries.

Injuries most associated with tumbling are wrist, hand, and elbow given the exercise requires the gymnast to support their entire body weight with their arms.

Talking to Fox 4 shortly after the accident occurred, Smith said the accident was a “fluke”.

“Makayla is a world-class athlete. She’s trained by the best of the best at Cheer Athletic,” she said.

“This was a freak accident in somebody’s backyard. This was not a cheer practice. This wasn’t on a mat with a coach.”


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