Teen paralyzed in gymnastics accident returns to Moon in emotional homecoming

Teen paralyzed in gymnastics accident returns to Pittsburgh in emotional homecoming

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A local teen arrived home to a very warm welcome months after being paralyzed from a gymnastics accident.

It was an emotional homecoming for Chris Speanburg, 16, nearly six months after he was paralyzed while performing a vault during a gymnastics practice.

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Speanburg is also a member of the Moon Area High School Band, so the entire band put on a show for him as he returned home from the hospital.

His mother told Channel 11's Amy Hudak there were days she and her husband didn't know if Speanburg would ever come home.

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"It felt normal coming home on the drive, and when I got here, I realized I've been gone for a while," Speanburg said. "It's nice to be back."


Signs lined the neighborhood and entire banners hung for Speanburg's homecoming.

Chris' dad reworked the entire house to make it wheelchair compatible. While the toughest fight is over, the new normal for the family is setting in.

And for the first night since April, the whole family is under one roof.

Donations can be made to:

Chris Speanburg Irrevocable Trustfund
136 Elmhurst Drive 
Coraopolis, Pa 15108