It was a normal day at the gym for 23-year-old Marcelle Mancuso, a Brazilian fitness fanatic and law graduate. Marcuso was using a piece of equipment designed to help people do an inverted sit-up when the strap holding her feet broke, causing her to slip. After she fell to the ground, she couldn't move. Marcuso suffered damage to three vertebra, which compressed her spinal cord and left her arms and legs paralyzed. But the young woman wasn't about to give up. She began physical therapy and began to make a slow recovery.
Mancuso told The Independent:
After four months I started to improve my leg strength and five months after the accident I stopped having fainting and dizziness while walking after six months I managed to walk and my legs did not sway anymore.
@Gidi_Traffic A fitness fanatic was paralysed from the neck down after doing an ‘inverted’ sit-up at the gym. Marcelle Mancuso,23,fell off the equipment onto her neck & broke a vertebrae.After months of physiotherapy she has gradually regained movement & is even back at the gym pic.twitter.com/ci9Nzz92aR— AustynZOGS (@Austynzogs) February 22, 2018
Twitter users cheered her on:
There are so few stories with a happy ending in the real world, so it's nice to hear of one for a change.— upstartrising (@upstart_rising) February 20, 2018
That's the spirit with which we should live on.Hats off to you.— Kinshuk Bhagat (@Kinshukbhagat1) February 22, 2018
Marcuso continues to make fitness videos and post them to her Instagram:
Hoje, é meu aniversário de 2 anos após acidente! E digo: Obrigada, pelo imenso carinho que recebo até hoje!!! Deus, familia, amigos e desconhecidos, muito obrigada! Mais do que aprender a andar, aprendi a agradecer! Seja sempre grato e FELIZ, pelo que você tem e por quem você é! Faça o bem e queira o bem. Essa vitória é nossa! Um super beijo em cada um de vocês! 💛🙏🏻☺️😘 #happyday #abençoada #gratidão