Lais Souza, Brazilian Olympic Skier, Can't Move Following Training Accident
Lais Souza, a Brazilian gymnast-turned-Olympic skier, suffered injuries in a training accident on Monday that has left her unable to move her arms and legs.
Brazilian Skier Loses Movement In Arms, Legs
Souza, 25, was training in Park City, Utah with her coach earlier in the week when she suffered injuries to her spine, reported NBC Sports. Since the accident, she has undergone surgery to realign her spine. Still, she has yet to regain movement in her arms and legs and remains hooked up to ventilators. Souza, is, however, awake and able to respond to basic commands.
''Lais has a long recovery process in front of her,'' Team Brazil doctor Antonio Marttos said in a statement. ''A long-term prognostic cannot be predicted at this time. Her medical team is doing everything possible to allow her to have the best recovery possible.''
Before channeling her athleticism into skiing, Souza was an Olympic-bound gymnast. She was set to appear in the 2012 summer Olympics in London, but was sidelined from the competition due to a hand injury.
If she were able to compete at the upcoming Sochi 2014 games, she would have been the first Brazilian to compete in freestyle skiing in a Winter Olympics.
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