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Wang likely paralyzed for life after fall in competition

6/14/2007

SHANGHAI, China -- Chinese gymnast Wang Yan is expected to be
paralyzed for life following a fall from the uneven bars during the
national championships, a key warmup for the Beijing Olympics.

Wang fell headfirst Sunday during the final in Shanghai,
breaking her neck and losing consciousness. Doctors said she was
fortunate to have survived at all given the severity of her injury,
the Shanghai Daily reported.

"The patient could not react to stimulant under the chest bone,
and both hands lost their capability to move," Jia Lianshun, a
bone specialist with the People's Liberation Army medical corps,
was quoted as saying.

Wang, whose age was given as 15 or 16, was second in the Chinese
national all-around competition in 2005.