A Clayton, Ind. girl is lucky to be alive and walking after a fall on a trampoline that broke her neck.
Abbigayle Hinshaw, 12, returned home Monday, after spending a week at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. She is recovering from a serious neck injury that her family said could have killed her or left her paralyzed.
One week ago, Hinshaw was showing her friends some tricks on a trampoline. She attempted a flip, but she came down wrong.
“I didn’t go all the way and my head hit the top of the trampoline and my neck and my body went the opposite way and I heard a crack,” she remembered.
Dr. Daniel Fulkerson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Riley Hospital for Children, worked on Hinshaw and said “her spine had twisted and locked out of place.”
Her saving grace, he said, miraculously her spine was still intact.
Hinshaw underwent six hours of surgery and doctors were able to realign the spine.
“We went from the back, drilled off some bone, got her back into place, then went from the front through her neck to reduce it further, place a bone graph, plate and screws to hold it together and go back to the back to put in more screws to hold it,” explained Dr. Fulkerson.
Now, Hinshaw is smiling and feeling a lot better. So is her dad, he said, because this isn’t her first major injury.
He told Fox 59, a few years ago, Abbigayle saved her little brother who was playing in a bath tub when a large mirror fell on him trapping him.
She rushed to remove the mirror before he drowned, but suffered deep cuts in the process.
“She doesn’t do anything simple. It’s gotta be the worst,” said her father Chad Hinshaw.
The pre-teen is expected to make a full recovery and there’s only one way she can explain it.
“I’m a miracle,” she said.