Brazilian skier Lais Souza will not be participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics after an accident left her unable to move her arms and legs.
The 25-year-old gymnast turned skier was training in Park City, Utah with her coach on Monday when she suffered from "severe trauma" to her spine.
Lais is currently in intensive care where she is unable to move her arms and legs and is breathing with the help of ventilators, however, she is is awake and able to follow commands.
Doctor Antonio Marttos says they were able to perform surgery to realign her spine, but she still has a long road to recovery ahead of her:
"A long-term prognostic cannot be predicted at this time. Her medical team is doing everything possible to allow her to have the best recovery possible."
Lais would have been the first Brazilian to compete in freestyle skiing at the winter olympics. She also missed the London Olympics, where she would have been competing as a gymnast, after she injured her hand.
We hope Lais is able to make a full recovery and eventually get back to doing what she loves to do in the near future.
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