The Drs: Girl Paralyzed After Backbend + Spinal Cord Contusion

The Doctors: Spinal Cord Contusion

Kids are constantly running and jumping around, which makes it even more shocking to hear about how doing just that, quickly turned tragic. Eden has always been a very independent young girl, and even started walking when she was just 9-months-old. She even potty-trained herself. Eden’s mom coached her in soccer for two seasons and watched as she participated in ballet, swimming, and gymnastics. Eden is five-years-old and on December 23 of 2015, Eden was doing a back-flip when she collapsed onto the ground and began crying non-stop.

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Eden’s mom picked her up and then when she put her back down, noticed that her legs were “weird.” Eden cried to her mom saying “it hurts” before telling her mom “I feel like my feet are sleeping.” She asked Eden to move her leg and she couldn’t, and when she tried to stand her up, Eden’s legs buckled beneath her. Eden’s family took her to three hospitals and each time her prognosis got worse. Eden underwent an MRI that discovered a spinal cord contusion. A spinal cord contusion is a traumatic injury that results in a bruise, partial or complete tear of the spinal cord. Eden’s parents were told the first 24 hours were critical.

The Drs: Girl Paralyzed After Backbend + Spinal Cord Contusion

The Doctors heard from the mother of a little girl who ended up paralyzed after an innocent backbend went horribly wrong. (jeffsand / Flickr)

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The Doctors: Surprise For Girl Paralyzed After Backbend

Eden was airlifted to UCLA, where her parents met with dozens of doctors. Within 24 hours of her injury, Eden was a paraplegic. For the first five days, Eden was in the ICU. Doctors had to lower her core temperature and her parents were unable to touch her. Eden now understands that she’s in a wheelchair and her legs don’t work. Eden’s mom reiterated how unbelievable the situation was, saying “it was just a back-bend.”

The whole family, Kylee, Nicholas, Eden, and Isabella joined the show from Baltimore via Skype. Kylee explained that Eden walks on the treadmill and goes in a stander and rolls around. Helpline Medical built Eden a beach wheelchair to help her enjoy the beach while she recovers, and Mattel surprised the girls with $1,000 worth of Barbies and other toys. JoAnn also provided $1,000 worth of art supplies and Hasbro gave another $1,000 worth of toys to enjoy when they get back home. Eden yelled “awesome!”

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