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Gymnast Undergoes Surgery On Both Legs After Horror Accident

Gymnast Undergoes Surgery On Both Legs After Horror Accident

Footage captured Auburn University gymnast Samantha Cerio attempting a handspring double front flip with a blind landing, but the 22-year-old came up short, buckling both her legs backwards unnaturally.

You can watch her horror accident at 39 minutes into this video:

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Samantha - who is due to marry in two months time - was competing at the Baton Rouge Regional in Louisiana, an event on the National Collegiate Athletic Association calendar.

The aerospace engineer student's coach, Jeff Graba, has now posted a short statement to social media, confirming the extent of her injuries.

As a result of the gymnastics career-ending accident, Sam suffered two dislocated knees and multiple torn ligaments. He added that his student would be undergoing surgery yesterday afternoon (Monday, 8th April).

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"Sam is a fighter and is in great spirits," Graba added in the statement. "We couldn't have a better leader for this team."

"It was pretty tough to watch," Graba added shortly after the injury. "She's a trooper. The last thing she said was, 'Go help the girls.' The girls rallied around her. They're doing this for her right now."

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Sam, who was named SEC co-scholar athlete of the year, has confirmed that she won't return to gymnastics after the horrific accident.

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Writing on Instagram, she said: "After 18 years I am hanging up my grips and leaving the chalk behind. I couldn't be prouder of the person that gymnastics has made me to become. It's taught me hard work, humility, integrity, and dedication, just to name a few.

"It's given me challenges and road blocks that I would have never imagined that has tested who I am as a person.

"It may not have ended the way I had planned, but nothing ever goes as planned."

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The university's president, F. King Alexander, has also paid a visit to the student in hospital, writing on Twitter: "I had the opportunity to visit @AuburnGym's @sam_cerio this weekend.

"What a wonderful, inspiring young lady. I have no doubt she will overcome this injury and go on to do amazing things."

Here's hoping Sam has a speedy recovery!

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Life News, Real

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - [email protected]