Tweddle's parents have confirmed that the operation was a success
Retired professional gymnast Beth Tweddle is recovering from successful neck surgery after sustaining an injury on Channel 4’s The Jump.
Tweddle, an Olympic bronze medallist who is recognised as the UK’s most successful gymnast ever, crashed into a barrier on Saturday (February 6) during a skiing training session for the winter sports-based reality show.
She was airlifted to a hospital near the show’s Austrian base and her parents have now given an update on her condition, saying in a statement: “The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort.
“At 20:00 GMT on Sunday night, Beth was taken down for surgery where they took a piece of bone from her hip and used it to fuse the two vertebrae that were fractured, along with pinning them together. It was a scary time for all of us and we’re just very grateful that the operation was a success.”
Tweddle added from her hospital bed: “The last 48 hours have been very scary but all the messages have really helped to keep me positive. I will keep you updated on my progress.”
Tweddle is the third competitor to withdraw from the latest series of The Jump with an injury following Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who dislocated her shoulder, and former Holby City actress Tina Hobley, who dislocated her elbow and sustained two fractures to her arm.