A 23-year-old law school graduate and gym addict managed to make a complete recovery following a physical training injury that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Being diagnosed with tetraplegia, the doctors told the woman that the chances of ever walking again were slim.
Woman with Tetraplegia Aced Physiotherapy Sessions and Walked Unassisted
Marcelle Mancuso is a 23-year-old Sao Jose do Rio Prato law graduate and a fitness addict, with a passion for everything related to Muay Thai, jogging, and bodybuilding. Mancuso would spend hours at an end at a Brazilian gym, working her body with the help of her trainer.
However, last year, the gym addict had an unfortunate accident that could have left her bedridden for the rest of her life.
According to Mancuso, while at the gym performing inverted sit-ups, the device she was using broke down. The woman fell and landed on her head. Mancuso recalls that after the fall she could no longer fell anything from the neck down and that she could only move her eyes.
The woman was rushed to the hospital where the doctors determined that the fall shattered her fifth vertebrae, dislodged another, and the third one was compressing her spinal cord. Mancuso underwent surgery, where the doctors used bone grafts order to replace the damaged vertebrae and used a titanium plate to keep the bones in place.
Following the surgery, the woman was diagnosed with tetraplegia, and the doctors told her that she might be paralyzed for life. However, despite her misfortune, the woman never gave up, thus managing to make a complete recovery in only a matter of months.
Mancuso told the reporters that the improvements were gradual – some movement in the toes and then standing upright unassisted. By the end of her fifth month in the hospital, the woman could run and be no longer feeling any dizziness.
Now, Mancuso has returned to the gym, where she resumed her training, inverted sit-ups included.
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