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Eden Hoelscher was left paralyzed from the waist down in December after performing a backbend that damaged her entire spine – but the inspiring 5-year-old isn’t letting the devastating injury crush her resilient spirit.
Eden was doing gymnastic bridges on her living room floor at her home in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, when she collapsed, complaining that her hips and legs felt like they were “sleeping.” When her mom, 36-year-old Kylee Hoelscher, rushed her to the hospital, doctors informed the mother that Eden had lost her ability to walk. “The damage, it’s her entire spine and it doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s just a backbend and it’s just devastating. You go from watching your 100 percent independent kid who dressed herself, put her hair in a pony tail to not being able to get out of bed and it’s almost impossible to bear,” Kylee told ABC News.
The mother says her daughter’s bowels and bladder do not function and that her body cannot regulate its own temperature anymore. “In one instant, that backbend altered our lives forever,” Kylee wrote on a GoFundMe page set up for Eden.
Eden’s doctors are unable to fully explain how the simple backbend paralyzed her, citing it as a rare occurrence. “It’s just one of those enigmas,” Julie Hershberg, Eden’s neurological physical therapist, told ABC News. Eden, who uses a wheelchair to get around, went back to school two months after she was admitted to the ICU and only one week after being discharged from the hospital. “She is a tough little girl full of fight and determination. Kids could be hard to keep on task and focused, but she is probably the hardest working child or adult I’ve ever worked withâ€¦ I think that’s going to go a long way in recovery. She just blows me away,” Hershberg told the news outlet.
Kylee says her daughter “has not changed throughout this whole ordeal.” “She’s still her same laughing, giggly, silly self. She wins over the heart of everyone she knows. It’s amazing that her spirit has completely gone unchanged. The doctor said that’s one of the things that she has going for her. In physical therapy, she won’t cry or get mad, she’ll just try as hard as she can,” the mother of two told ABC News. Eden has garnered the nickname “Daredevil Eden,” by her physical therapists for her sheer determination to overcome her injuries. “Because of Eden’s spirit and resiliency, we have never lost hope in her full recovery. Anyone who encounters Eden, including doctors, nurses and therapists always have the same response: ‘If anyone can recover from this, it’s Eden’ ” Kylee writes on her GoFundMe page.