A senior gymnast from Auburn University, Alabama, US, breaks legs in horrific manner dislocating both knees in a horror fall on Friday (April 5).
Samantha Cerio was competing in a NCAA gymnastics regional event when the incident happened, and her team – the Auburn Tigers – were halfway through the semi-final in Baton Rouge.
As the gymnast was making her first pass, attempting a handspring double front with a blind landing, she landed hard and fell to the mat.
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After the fall, Cerio could be seen screaming in agony, clutching both her legs on the floor before medical staff rushed to her aid.
As per Nola.com, the gymnast’s coach, Jeff Graba, said after the meet:
It was pretty tough to watch. She’s a trouper. The last thing she said was, ‘Go help the girls.’ The girls rallied around her. They’re doing this for her right now.
I gave her a hug, told her I hugged her before she left and said we’d catch back up tonight.
Graba said, despite coaching the Tigers for nine seasons and coaching gymnastics since the 1980s, he’s never seen an injury like Cerio’s before. He added he felt ‘lucky’ first-rate medical staff were around to take care of her.
Although the coach couldn’t discuss the extent of Cerio’s injuries, Nola.com report, sources with preliminary knowledge of her injuries said the gymnast dislocated both of her knees and broke both legs.
The gymnast, from Huntersville, North Carolina, had Aircasts on both legs as she left the arena, and received a standing ovation as she was stretchered away by medical staff.
Her team rallied around Cerio after her horrifying injury, using the hashtag #StickItForSam before the final on Saturday night (april 6), and each of them using her as inspiration to do well.