Gym Fanatic Left Paralysed From The Neck Down After Sit-Up Goes Horribly Wrong

Feb | 109 sharesStefan Armitage

Going to the gym is a lifestyle for millions of people around the world. It an important part of their day-to-day routine which helps them to stay fit physically and mentally. In fact, it's been proven that regular gym goers get sick less often and are more productive.

However, for 23-year-old Marcelle Mancuso, her love of the gym left her paralyzed from the neck downwards.

The tragic accident happened when she was doing an 'inverted' sit up at her gym in Sao Jose do Rio Preto in Brazil.

During the exercise, she fell off the equipment and broke a vertebra in her neck.

The damage caused by spinal injuries is difficult to fully ascertain until a certain amount of time has passed, and doctors prepared the 23-year-old for the worst, informing her that it was likely that she could become tetraplegic - meaning that she would not regain feeling in her arms or legs.

Check out the video below for her incredible story:

Marcelle's healing process began when a titanium plate was fitted into her spine.

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The law graduate then underwent months of physiotherapy in an attempt to regain use of her spine and, against the odds, slowly began to regain movement. Pictured below is her spine after the accident, which left her without any sensation in her arms or legs.

Prior to the horrific accident, which took place in January 2016, Marcelle had previously done Muay Thai, bodybuilding and running at the gym.

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"I was attached to the equipment with a strip, which broke and the personal trainer could not hold me," she said of the accident.

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"I hit the back of my head on the floor, and immediately lost all body movements with the blow. The doctors did not know if I would walk again or if I would stay on a bed forever."

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Marcelle's initial dedication to the gym was something which she was able to channel into physiotherapy and she said that she "gave my best every day in physical therapy", which is what enabled her to regain her movement.

Here's a video of Mancuso doing an aazing job in therapy...

Her progress was so swift that within a week she was able to stand up again with assistance.

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A month later, the 23-year-old took her first steps since the accident with the help of a walking frame. Then, three months later, she was finally strong enough to work short distances on her own.

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Now she has recovered to the point where she has been able to return to the gym.

"After four months I started to improve my leg strength and five months after the accident I stopped having fainting and dizziness while walking," she said.

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"After six months I managed to walk and my legs did not sway anymore."

Having come so close to losing her athletic lifestyle forever, Marcelle is now going to the gym more often than ever before.

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"It sometimes feels like it was a nightmare I have woken up from," she said. "I want to help and inspire so many people who are going through difficult times."

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"While you're alive, you have a chance. Life can be incredible from various perspectives, it just depends on us and the love we carry in our hearts."

We wish Marcelle all the best with her future and hope that her story inspires other people.