Makayla Noble Update as Cheerleader Does Makeup for First Time Since Being Paralyzed

Makayla Noble, the high school cheerleader who was left paralyzed after suffering a severe spinal cord injury last year, has shared a video of herself doing her makeup for the first time since her accident.

The 17-year-old, who lives with her family in Prosper, Texas, posted the video to TikTok on Sunday.

Noble, a world champion cheerleader, suffered a severe spinal cord injury on September 20 while practicing tumbling—an acrobatic form of gymnastics—at a friend's house. The teenager tried to do a flip, but she ended up landing on her neck.

The injury left Noble paralyzed from the chest down and unable to move her hands. She was hospitalized for more than three weeks before moving to a special rehabilitation facility.

She is now living at home although she continues to receive care from her family and is undergoing various forms of therapy.

Since the accident, thousands of people have been following her story online and the family has also received an outpouring of support from their local community in northern Texas, and indeed, further afield.

In an update posted to the Facebook group "Makayla's Fight"—which currently boasts more than 57,000 members—on Sunday, the family said that Noble "had a good day" resting up before a "big week" of therapy and training.

"Mak worked on putting on her own makeup for the first time today!" the family said in the update.

Several Facebook users commented in the replies, praising Noble for the progress she had made since being paralyzed.

One of the users who commented, Tiffany Smith—a family friend and an admin of the group—said: "I remember in ICU when they said she may never sit up again. Look at her go! The best is yet to come!"

The family also said in the update that Noble's blood pressure had been unstable in recent days. Spinal cord injuries often affect involuntary processes like blood pressure regulation.

As a result, the teenager has to wear compression socks and an abdominal binder to help keep her blood pressure up.

In a video previously posted to Noble's YouTube channel, the teen responded to a question that she had been asked by many of her followers—whether or not she will ever be able to walk again. At present, the answer is still unclear, Noble said in the video.

"As much as I hate saying this, no one knows the answers. If I'm supposed to walk again, I'm going to walk again. If not, cool, I'll stay in a wheelchair and I'll be just the same person."

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High school cheerleader Makayla Noble from Prosper, Texas, was left paralyzed following a freak tumbling accident. Cedarbook Media