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Doctors: Unclear whether acrobats will walk again

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WHDH) - The medical professionals treating the acrobats who fell during a circus performance in Rhode Island say two of the nine performers have been released.

Of the seven still at Rhode Island hospital, four are in serious condition.

Doctors gave an update in a press conference on Wednesday, saying two of the women have spinal cord injuries and that time will tell whether they will walk again.
  
Timothy Babineau, CEO of Rhode Island Hospital's parent company, said the eight injured acrobats are determined to heal as quickly as possible and return to doing what they love.
  
Their neurosurgeon says two can feel their legs but have only limited movement.

"The injuries in at least two of the patients were significant enough that they were not moving their legs when they first came in," said Dr. Adetokunbo Oyelese. "To varying degrees, there has been a little bit of improvement in one or two of those patients, but we won't know what the ultimate recovery will be for close to a year."

Doctors say all of the acrobats will require physical therapy. The women want to undergo rehabilitation as a team.
  
The accident happened Sunday during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performance in Providence. The circus canceled the rest of the shows in Providence. It is now en route to Hartford.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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