Determined Cheerleader Continues Routines on One Leg
Losing a leg in a horrific car accident was not enough to keep the determined law student and cheerleader Annabelle Turner away from her beloved team.
Annabelle, who hails from Bristol, was forced to have her leg amputated below the knee after a truck crashed into her last December. But just seven months after the traumatic road accident, she was back with the cheerleading squad, performing routines on one leg.
“If you love something nothing will get in your way of doing it. It felt amazing that I could still dance and that I was still able to do that. I am a dancer, I always have been and I always will be and nothing can stop that”, the resolute student said.
Annabelle recalled how she was thrown from her bike into a busy main road. “Once the paramedics arrived on the scene I lost consciousness and the next thing I knew I was waking up in a hospital bed to discover that my leg had been amputated,” she said. “As a dancer and cheerleader this is probably the worst thing that could happen to me.”
Chris White, President of the University of West England Cheerleading Squad, said, “Annabelle is amazing. I saw her in [the] hospital just a week after her accident and she sat up in bed with her hair and makeup done…she’s a performer through and through.”
There’s a Japanese proverb that says, “We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” This seems only too true for our determined heroine Annabelle Turner.