Young dancer loses right hand after freak trampoline accident

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A talented young dancer who had a horrific trampoline accident in the middle of the coronavirus lockdown has had to have her right hand amputated.

Vienna Hayers, 12, was performing a flip on a trampoline on June 10 when she suffered a “very serious and complex elbow injury”, a GoFundMe to raise money for her family said.

After undergoing several surgeries to try and get blood to circulate to her hand, and a transfer to another hospital for another emergency surgery, there was nothing that could be done to save her right hand.

The GoFundMe for the family, who live in the UK, has raised over $18,000 and the dance studio where Vienna takes classes is also crowdfunding to help out.

Talented dancer, Vienna, 12, had her arm amputated following a trampoline accident. Source: JustGiving
Talented dancer, Vienna, 12, had her hand amputated following a trampoline accident. Source: JustGiving

“Vienna is a talented 12-year-old dancer, who attends Sharnbrook Academy and Elev8 Studios. She is a huge part of our dance school – starting out as a tiny tot and progressing to 12 classes a week,” Elev 8 Studios wrote on JustGiving.

“Vienna is an assistant in all of our baby classes, a soloist and group member on our competition team and most importantly a friend to everyone.

“Her shining smile is always on display and her enthusiasm is contagious.”

Due to the accident being amid the coronavirus pandemic, only one parent was able to be with Vienna while she was in hospital, with no other visitors allowed, according to Elev8.

“She's just been incredible. She's been telling the doctors, 'This is not going to stop me',” mother Michelle told the Mirror.

“Vienna was right-hand dominant before so she's having to adjust to using her left hand, but she's been amazing.”

While Vienna’s mother was in hospital with the young girl, her father and brother were working on her bedroom at home to accommodate the huge change.

According to the dance studio, the first thing Vienna asked when she was told about the procedure to remove her hand was whether she would be able to dance again.

Pictured is 12-year-old Vienna, who lost her hand after a trampolining accident in June
The dance studio Vienna attends is raising money to help with her recovery so she can return to dancing again soon. Source: JustGiving

Elev8 is now fundraising towards rehabilitation equipment and adaptions to aid Vienna’s recovery.

“There may maybe some bumps along the way, but we can help to support her over them and fund the required practical aids,” the JustGiving page says.

“Vienna is a shining star who is determined in her recovery.

“As her dance family, we all know the strength of character she possesses ... if you have ever met Vienna at a festival, you will know that she always has a smile and 'well done' for everyone.”

On Facebook the dance studio said they were touched by the support the dance community has shown for Vienna and the fundraiser has surpassed the initial target, raising more than $8000.

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