PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, Calif. — A 5-year-old girl was paralyzed from the waist down after performing a backbend in on her living room floor.
According to ABC, Eden Hoelscher was doing gymnastic bridges on her living room floor when she collapsed and said her hips and legs felt like they were “sleeping.”
The incident damaged her entire spine. Eden was taken to the hospital and doctor informed her mom, 36-year-old Kylee Hoelscher, that Eden had lost her ability to walk.
“The damage, it’s her entire spine and it doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s just a backbend and it’s just devastating. You go from watching your 100 percent independent kid who dressed herself, put her hair in a ponytail to not being able to get out of bed and it’s almost impossible to bear,” Kylee Hoelscher told ABC.
Eden’s bowels and bladder do not function anymore and her body cannot regulate its own temperature, her mother said.
Doctors are not able to explain how the simple backbend paralyzed the girl. Eden now uses a wheelchair to get around.
Despite all this, her mother says Eden “has not changed throughout this whole ordeal.”
“She’s still her same laughing, giggly, silly self. She wins over the heart of everyone she knows. It’s amazing that her spirit has completely gone unchanged,” her mother told ABC.
Eden has garnered the nickname “Daredevil Eden” by her physical therapists because of her determination to overcome her injuries.