Olympian Beth Tweddle Recovering From Reality TV Show Neck Injury

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***UPDATE 2/16***

Beth was released from the hospital:




***UPDATE 2/10***

Tweddle has taken a few assisted steps at the hospital with the help of her nurses, according to BBC Sport. Her parents noted that they are still uncertain of a timescale for her recovery.


Original Post - 2/08/16

2012 Olympian and British gymnastics legend Beth Tweddle was on the reality TV show The Jump when she sustained a severe neck injury that required surgery to fuse her fractured vertebrae, according to BBC Sport. She is currently recovering at a hospital in Austria.

The show follows celebrities who are working to master various winter sports, such as ski jumping, skeleton and speed skating.

Tweddle has withdrawn from The Jump, along with Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington and actress Tina Hobley who also sustained serious injuries while training for the show. The reality show is now reviewing safety procedures after the various injuries.

Beth's parents posted this update to Beth's twitter:



This update was posted on Beth's website today:

"Last night, following a fall whilst in training for The Jump on Saturday, Beth had surgery to fuse fractured vertebrae in her neck and is currently recovering in hospital in Austria.

Beth’s parents, Ann and Jerry, said: "The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort. The medical staff have been fantastic and explained to us that Beth was waiting for an operation as there were more serious cases ahead of her. At 20:00 GMT last night Beth was taken down for surgery where they took a piece of bone from her hip and used it to fuse the two vertebrae that were fractured, along with pinning them together. It was a scary time for all of us and we’re just very grateful that the operation was a success."

From her hospital bed in Austria Beth said: "Thank you so much for your support and concern. The last 48 hours have been very scary but all the messages have really helped to keep me positive. I will keep you updated on my progress.”


Wishing Beth a speedy recovery!

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