Months after a crippling backyard accident, Prosper surprises the cheerleaders with their progress

Months after a crippling backyard accident, Prosper surprises the cheerleaders with their progress

She was rehearsing for her homecoming performance in a friend’s backyard when she fell and landed on her neck during a backflip. Months later, her progress is remarkable.

PROSPER, Texas – It’s been nearly five months since a Prosper High School cheerleader was paralyzed after a playground accident.

Makayla Noble was a state championship cheerleader en route to a scholarship. But on Sept. 20, 2021, Noble, a high school senior, was practicing for a homecoming rally with members of the football team in a friend’s backyard.

During a routine flip, she fell and landed on her neck.

The 16-year-old said she knew she was paralyzed as soon as she hit the ground.

“When it happened, immediately afterwards, I tried to keep everyone around me calm,” Nobel described. “At that point it was fight or flight.”

“It was heartbreaking,” her mother said. “I still can’t put it into words.”

She was in the intensive care unit for three weeks, dealing with everything from complete paralysis to a collapsed lung. After the accident, she started physical therapy and her progress was remarkable.

“I think getting out of the intensive care unit and moving into a rehab facility and kind of realizing that I’m here and I’m with people who are in similar situations to me and just seeing what it looks like on other people and realizing how bad was my injury, it was kind of a surreal moment,” Noble explained.

Good Morning Texas’ Paige McCoy Smith recently had a chance to sit down with Nobel and her mother to talk about the moment the accident happened and how she’s doing now.

Months ago, Noble was completely paralyzed. Now she can feel all over her body and can use her hands and sit up on her own.

He attributes much of his success to his coach, Tim Cook – and to his refusal to say no.

“If someone tells me I can’t do something, that’s kind of it. That’s my fuel,” she explained.

“Makayla’s progress has far exceeded my expectations and that just goes to show her will, her tenacity and her work ethic,” agreed Cook. “No matter what challenge we have, she is always ready to exceed the expectations we set before her.”

Photos: Paralyzed Prosper High School cheerleader Makayla Nobel’s journey

Photos: Paralyzed Prosper High School cheerleader Makayla Nobel's journey

Noble told GMT her goal is to walk across the stage at her graduation in the spring of 2023. See the article : NFL cheer uniforms have been scrutinized since the 1970s, but critics may be missing the point. Cook said she has no doubt she can achieve that.

“I’m praying about it and I’m reassured – she feels the same way,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind about the hesitation that says she’s not going to walk because I know she will.”

And we will be there because now it’s our turn to be her cheerleaders and support her as she steps into the future.

You can follow the teenage girl’s extraordinary journey to recovery on her YouTube channel or on TikTok @makayla noble 13.”

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