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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. 

USA Gymnastics reports:

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


Image Source (H/T: Towleroad)


Any person who is honest to himself, and more, brave to be 'who you are' with the World, I generally consider such a person beautiful. And that being in the Athlete circle, I am sure that takes more than I can imagine. Right now, I wish I could show my love and respect for you in person. Nevertheless my sincere thoughts for your recovery and health.

Hang in there Kalon, don't accept the obvious but expect what seems far beyond your reach. You will be in our thoughts.

Wishing you a speedy recovery. You can do it. 

Prayers for a full healing and speedy recovery. 

You will be in our thoughts and we pray that you will achieve a full recovery over time.

Hoping for the best.

Get well brother be the strong man that you are

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