Five-year-old girl in wheelchair after backbend damaged her spinal cord

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February 07 2021 05:30 pm
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RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. -- Two days before Christmas, a five-year-old California girl suffered a traumatic spinal injury while doing a backbend on the living room floor of her Palos Verdes home.

Eden Hoelscher is now in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down, according to KTLA.

"So I picked up her up and I'm like 'oh you're fine, you're fine you're fine,' and she was like, 'No, Mom. My back, my hips and my legs hurt,'" said Kylee Hoelscher, Eden's mom.

When Eden's feet went numb and she couldn't stand, her mother rushed her to the emergency room, where they airlifted her to get specialty help after an MRI.

Eden's family says her spirit has never wavered, and that's apparent in the video above. She is full of smiles, even as the budding ballerina must use a wheelchair to get around.

"We were basically told, like the first or second day of her injury to prepare for the worst," said her mom.

"Because of Eden`s spirit and resiliency, we have never lost hope in her full recovery," Kylee Hoelscher wrote on the girl`s GoFundMe page.

"Anyone who encounters Eden, including doctors, nurses and therapists always have the same response: "If anyone can recover from this, it`s Eden," Hoelscher posted.

Eden went through intense occupational and physical therapy. She's back home, but still has no feeling in her legs and no control over her bowels and bladder. She continues to see specialists. She still dreams of being a ballerina.



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