Time Will Tell if Injured Acrobats Will Walk Again


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The medical professionals treating the acrobats who fell during a circus performance in Rhode Island say two of the women have spinal cord injuries and that time will tell whether they will walk again.

Timothy Babineau, CEO of Rhode Island Hospital’s parent company, said Wednesday the eight injured acrobats are determined to heal as quickly as possible and return to doing what they love.

Their neurosurgeon says two can feel their legs but have only limited movement. It may be a year or two before it’s clear whether they’ll heal completely and walk again.

Doctors say all of the acrobats will require physical therapy. The women want to undergo rehabilitation as a team.

The accident happened Sunday during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performance in Providence.

(Copyright 2014, The Associated Press, All rights reserved.)

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