• Teen paralyzed after gymnastics accident in Moon

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    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A 16-year-old continues the battle of his life after a gymnastics accident Channel 11 first told you about back in mid-April. 

    The accident happened at the Moon Area Middle School gym during recreational use by the Moon Area Gymnastics Association, and not during a school event.

    Chris Speanburg had been practicing on the vault.

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    "The last one, unfortunately, he landed on his neck and he broke his spine at the c4 which put a lot of pressure on the spinal cord and has left him paralyzed," Chris' dad, Kit Speanburg, said.

    Kit Speanburg said the outpouring of support has been amazing and heartwarming.

    "You don’t feel alone anymore. Nobody knows what to say but everybody is saying the right thing." he said.

    The hardest part for Chris, his father said, has been not being able to participate in any of the clubs and other organizations he's part of. But that hasn't stopped his joy.

    "He hasn’t lost his spirit at all. Just a couple days ago he was finally joking around with the nurses," Kit Speanburg said.

    Donations can be made to:

    Chris Speanburg Irrevocable Trustfund
    136 Elmhurst Drive 
    Coraopolis, Pa 15108

    Or online: https://www.gofundme.com/s9bz5-friends-of-chris


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