Unclear whether acrobats will walk again, doctors say

In a cell phone photo provided by Tara Griggs, emergency workers tend to injured performers after a platform collapsed, Sunday, May 4, 2014, during the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus' Legends show at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. At least nine people were injured in the fall, including a dancer below. Roman Garcia, general manager of the show, said the accident occurred during the "hair hang" act in which the performers hang from their hair. (AP Photo/Tara Griggs)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The medical professionals treating the acrobats who fell during a circus performance in Rhode Island say time will tell whether two of the women will walk again.

Rhode Island Hospital CEO Timothy Babineau said Wednesday the eight injured acrobats are determined to heal as quickly as possible and return to doing what they love.

Two have spinal cord injuries. Their neurosurgeon says they can feel their legs but have only mild movement and it may be a year or two before it is known whether they’ll heal completely and walk again.

Doctors say some of the acrobats could be released within days but all will require therapy. The women want to undergo rehabilitation as a team.

The accident happened during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performance Sunday.

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