Gay World Champion Gymnast, Kalon Ludvigson, Paralyzed
Openly gay World Champion gymnast Kalon Ludvigson was paralyzed this summer during training. He's currently paralyzed from the elbow and chest down.
Ludvigson, who sustained a cervical spine injury during training on August 6, dislocated his C5 vertebrae at C6, causing spinal cord compression. This spinal cord compression and stretch injury has left him with multiple neurologic symptoms, many of which have shown improvement to this point. He has movement of his upper extremities, as well as improving sensation of upper and lower extremities. Ludvigson is still challenged without movement to his lower extremities, and therapy continues with the goal to further improve his fine motor skills of his upper extremities.
"We realize Kalon's friends and teammates want to know his long- and short-term prognosis," said Dr. George Drew, USA Gymnastics trampoline and tumbling team physician. "These types of injuries are extremely variable, both in the amount of recovery and the time required to do so. Kalon is in excellent physical condition and is blessed with the support of his friends and family to take this recovery to its best possible result. We are all very happy he is at Craig Hospital, one of the foremost spinal injury recovery centers in the USA."
Kalon's husband and coach Justen Millerbernd says, "Kalon is improving on a daily basis...but no major breakthroughs have happened yet. There is still a lot of time for even a small change to happen. Kalon is working hard and pushing through obstacles every day."
Kalon has thanked his friends and supporters, saying: "I want to thank everyone for the love and support they have shown during this difficult time," said Ludvigson. "The messages, thoughts and prayers mean so much and is so appreciated."
Kalon is currently accepting donations towards his medical and rehabilitation costs, which have not been covered by insurance.
You can also send your messages of support here.