Monday 24 October 2016

The Jump's Beth Tweddle discharged from hospital after fall

Published 16/02/2016 | 14:16

Beth Tweddle tweeted a photograph of herself wearing a neck brace and standing upright
Beth Tweddle tweeted a photograph of herself wearing a neck brace and standing upright

Britain's most successful gymnast Beth Tweddle has been discharged from hospital following a fall during training for Channel 4 show The Jump.

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The 30-year-old, who won bronze at the London Olympic Games in 2012, tweeted a photograph of herself wearing a neck brace and standing upright.

She tweeted: "Hi Everyone I just wanted to let you know the good news that I am being discharged from hospital today."

Tweddle had a neck operation which involved having a piece of bone taken from her hip to help fuse together two fractured vertebrae in her neck.

On Saturday, she said she had started to feel better and was walking by herself - but said she was "taking one day at a time".

In a statement on Saturday, Tweddle said: "The medical staff here in Austria have been fantastic and I couldn't have wished for better people to be around me at this time.

"I've started to feel a lot better in the past 24 hours and I've begun walking by myself. It's still a case of taking one day at a time, but I'm setting myself goals and I'm determined to be up and about as soon as I can.

"The doctors are happy with my progress and next week we will have a better idea of when I can be discharged from hospital.

"Thank you to everyone that has sent me get well messages. My mum and dad have been reading them to me and, one day, I'll be able to reply to you all. It really has meant a lot to me, so thank you."

The number of injuries on the third series of The Jump - five celebrities have been forced to pull out - has prompted Channel 4 to review safety procedures.

Former EastEnders actor Joe Swash and ex-England rugby star Ben Cohen have been drafted in to join the dwindling numbers.

They competed over the weekend, although Swash has already injured his shoulder while attempting a tricky ski jump.

The show on Sunday also saw the return of James "Arg" Argent, who had previously been eliminated.

It was not second time lucky for The Only Way Is Essex star, as he was eliminated again.

Arg was back to replace Olympic gold medallist Linford Christie, who was the fifth celebrity to pull out due to injury.

Olympian Rebecca Adlington, 26, withdrew from the show on medical advice after a shoulder injury.

She told host Davina McCall the pain of the fall was ''literally the worst thing that has ever happened to me, it was worse than childbirth''.

Holby City actress Tina Hobley, 44, also headed for the exit after she dislocated her elbow and suffered two fractures to her arm.

On Tuesday it was confirmed that Made In Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli, 26, had also pulled out after fracturing his ankle.

Former EastEnders star Sid Owen, 44, was injured and forced to temporarily pull out of performing the show's air jump, but returned to the competition on Sunday.

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