On Friday, November 16, 2012, at approximately 4:30pm, Jacoby Miles, a level 9 gymnast sustained a serious neck injury while performing a routine maneuver on the uneven bars.
Jacoby was practicing her double back dismount off the high bar into the pit. She opened prematurely, stating she "got lost", before her 2nd flip was complete and landed on her neck on an 8 inch mat. The paramedics were called and she was taken to St. Josephs Hospital in Tacoma, where a CAT scan showed her C4 vertebrae had dislocated sitting slightly in front of her C5. She is paralyzed from the mid chest down
She was later taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she under went surgery. They found that the spinal cord had been completely pinched off but NOT SEVERED! PRAISE GOD!!! Although the Dr said using her legs again would be in the "miracle category", we are praying for and believing she can make a full recovery - she is a STRONG girl!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Online Donations have been temporarily suspended. We hope to resume this option shortly.
All Proceeds go to Jacoby's recovery fund!
In addition to your thoughts and prayers, we ask you to consider donating to Jacoby’s recovery fund. This will be a very expensive and long term process and will not be possible without the help of many hands. An effort has been coordinated with gyms throughout the country to support Jacoby both morally and financially. On the same day of the accident, Melanie Roach’s new book "Lift: Enjoying the Journey of Life"
, was released on Amazon.com. Melanie has committed to give 100% of book sale profits to aid in Jacoby’s recovery and ongoing expenses.
Roach Gymnastics is also accepting contributions on behalf of Jacoby until a charity account can be set up in Jacoby’s name. Please consider donating and asking friends and family to get involved.
Efforts are currently underway to provide counseling for the girls, coaches and parents. Details will be updated here as soon as it is scheduled. This is a time to pull together. Please join us by praying for Jacoby and her family. With God, all things are possible.
Dan and Melanie Roach, and all of the staff at Roach Gymnastics.