Tuesday 24 April 2018

Yet another celeb forced to quit Channel 4's The Jump - gymnast Beth Tweddle has neck surgery

Beth Tweddle is leaving The Jump
Beth Tweddle is leaving The Jump
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Yet another celebrity has fallen foul of training for Channel 4's ski-based show The Jump.

Britain's most successful gymnast Beth Tweddle has undergone neck surgery after getting injured in a fall during rehearsals.

The 30-year-old, who won bronze at the London Games in 2012, crashed on Saturday while preparing for the show.

Beth's management company released a statement on Monday which read, "Last night, following a fall whilst in training for The Jump on Saturday, Beth had surgery to fuse fractured vertebrae in her neck and is currently recovering in hospital in Austria.

Surgeons took a bone fragment from Beth's hip and used it, along with pins, to fuse together the two fractured vertebrae.

Tweddle's parents said initial medical indications were positive as she can move her hands and feet.

And the former gymnast thanked well-wishers from her hospital bed.

She said: "Thank you so much for your support and concern. The last 48 hours have been very scary but all the messages have really helped to keep me positive. I will keep you updated on my progress."

Tweddle's parents, Ann and Jerry, said: "The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort.

"The medical staff have been fantastic and explained to us that Beth was waiting for an operation as there were more serious cases ahead of her.

"At 20:00 GMT last night Beth was taken down for surgery where they took a piece of bone from her hip and used it to fuse the two vertebrae that were fractured, along with pinning them together.

"It was a scary time for all of us and we're just very grateful that the operation was a success."

Beth is now the third member of this year's celebrity contestants to pull out of the show.

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

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

Adlington said she was "so sad to be leaving on injury".

She said: "I'm so proud of myself with the challenges I have overcome, from skeleton to jumping and learning how to ski. I'm very grateful to have met the most incredible people as well. It was so difficult but so much fun at the same time."

Actress Tina Hobley also had to withdraw from the competition after she dislocated her elbow during a fall.

Hobley was replaced by The Wanted's Tom Parker while Rebecca was replaced by Heather Mills.

Following the injury to Tweddle, a Channel 4 spokeswoman said: "The health and safety of the competitors is always paramount and Beth was immediately taken to hospital for treatment after hurting herself during training."

Many viewers took to Twitter to call for the show to be cancelled.  @Sian_Holmes wrote, "Just cancel it already!! Are you waiting for someone to be injured for life, or even worse, death?? #TheJump @Channel4."

Also, @itsB22xox wrote, "I think it's time to cancel #TheJump ya know. Too many people have seriously hurt themselves - it's ridiculous!"

However, the show will continue.  It airs on Channel 4 on Sunday at 7.30pm.

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