Makayla Noble Update As Paralyzed Cheerleader Getting 'Stronger Each Day'

Makayla Noble, the high-school cheerleader who was paralyzed in a freak accident last year, is getting "stronger each day," accordion to her mother.

The update comes almost six months after the 17-year-old resident of Prosper, Texas, suffered a severe spinal cord injury while practicing for homecoming, leaving her paralyzed from the chest down and unable to move her hands.

The teenager spent several weeks in hospital, where she also experienced a collapsed lung in addition to paralysis. Noble was then transferred to a rehabilitation facility before finally being allowed to return home.

Noble, a world champion cheerleader, injured herself while attempting a routine flip while practicing tumbling—an acrobatic form of gymnastics—at a friend's house. Unfortunately, the teen did not land properly and ended up hitting the ground, neck first.

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, people from all over the world have been following Noble's story and the family has received an outpouring of support from both their local community in northern Texas, and further afield.

Noble has made significant progress since the accident and is now able to use her arms and sit up on her own, among other achievements. She has also regained feeling throughout her body.

In an update posted to the Makayla's Fight Facebook group on Wednesday, the teen's mother, Jenn Noble, said her daughter's efforts in and out of therapy and with her trainer, Tim Cook, were "paying off."

"Physical and emotional strength is getting stronger each day," Jenn Noble said in the Facebook post. "Thank you for the continued prayers, positive comments, and support from this community!"

"Thank you to everyone around the world who follows Mak's story, interacts on IG, subscribes and comments on her YouTube and to those who give from their hearts to the GoFundMe."

The GoFundMe page in question, which was set up by a family friend to help raise money for Makayla Noble's medical expenses and other costs associated with her recovery, has received more than $220,000 in donations.

Makayla Noble reached a "big" milestone earlier this week after getting the "last tube out of her body" when her catheter was removed, according to the mother.

"This was really important as Mak kept getting infections and was affecting her health," the mother said in an update posted to Facebook on March 7.

A catheter is a thin, flexible tube that is used to push fluids into the body or remove them. A urinary catheter, for example, is inserted into the bladder that allows urine to drain freely.

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