A night of revelry turned into horror as Cirque Du Soleil trapeze artist Lisa Skinner suffered a near-fatal fall during their performance in Brisbane. Though the popular show aims to thrill and awe its audience, the crowd was gasping for other reasons on Sunday after Skinner plummeted to the ground during her solo ring act.
The former Olympian, who was suspended several meters above the ground, lost consciousness upon impact. Horrified audience members watched in shock as paramedics immediately came to the rescue of Skinner.
“She was doing a hoop from the ceiling and she was suspending and doing a twisty thing and going through the hoop,” shared one witness. “Then all of the sudden she just fell flat on the floor.”
Another witness shared her account on Facebook, expressing her relief that Skinner is alive and well.
“She was still and face down and her head was the first thing that made the impact on falling which was terrifying,” Teagan Barratt wrote. “When they supported her and moved her, you could see that she was breathing. That was I think the most relieving part of the whole ordeal.”
Cirque Du Soleil trapeze artist Lisa Skinner ‘doing well’
The gymnast was rushed to Royal Brisbane Hospital where doctors kept her in the emergency ward for several hours. Thankfully, she is now in stable condition, with some broken bones which will take almost three months to heal.
“(She is) doing well,” shared Anne Skinner, Lisa’s mother. “Today she is going to be fitted with what they call a halo brace to keep her head still. It will take about 6-12 weeks to heal. Her arms and legs work which is the main thing and she survived. She should recover but it will just be a long, hard road at this point.”
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The Cirque du Soleil family of Lisa Skinner also sent their well wishes for the speedy recovery of one of their artists.
“The safety and security of our artists and our patrons as well is always the number one concern,” stated Jessica Levoeuf of Cirque. “At this time, our priority is on supporting Lisa and her family so they can focus on her recovery.”
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