Paralyzed Cheerleader Makayla Noble Brushes Teeth Herself at Home for First Time Since Accident

Makayla Noble, a Texas cheerleader who suffered a spinal cord injury during training in September, is continuing her recovery and on Monday brushed her own teeth for the first time since returning home.

The teenager had a "good day" on Monday according to her family, who regularly provide updates on Noble's recovery via a Facebook page called Makayla's Fight. As of Tuesday morning, the page had more than 52,000 members.

Noble was able to return home last week after several weeks of hospital care following her September 20 injury, which has left her partly paralyzed. Family friend Tiffany Smith has previously told Newsweek how the accident left Noble paralyzed from the chest down.

Despite her injuries the 17-year-old has made significant progress in her recovery so far.

According to her family's latest update, in addition to brushing her teeth Noble was also able to go grocery shopping on Monday, and was able to do some of it independently.

Her family wrote: "She really is working hard on being more independent! Her strength work on the bands is paying off!"

Noble also opened some gifts that had been sent to her via Amazon. "It is so fun for her and she just lights up!", the family said.

Further training sessions for the teenager are set to begin Tuesday: "As we kick off Thanksgiving week, we just want to say again how thankful we are for all our Mak's Warriors!" the family said.

Noble's injury occurred when she was practising a gymnastic exercise known as tumbling. It requires athletes to flip, twist, roll and jump. It is often used during cheerleading competitions or at Olympic gymnastics events, according to cheerleading blog Omnicheer.

On November 20th, Noble issued her own update on the two-month anniversary of her accident.

She wrote on the Makayla's Fight Facebook group: "It's officially been two months since my injury and I celebrated today by going to the gym! I'm so thankful to be back at home and start to do the things that bring me joy again."

According to other updates, Noble has, in recent days, been able to see family members and generally get back into a routine.

The family wrote on Monday: "Prayers for Mak's emotional and mental strength as she starts to get back to some normalcy, seeing people, etc., it is bringing up an array of emotions."

A fundraiser for Noble that was launched on the GoFundMe platform on September 21 had gained just under $200,000 as of Tuesday morning. She and her family have also received an outpouring of support from the local community in Texas as well as from cheerleading groups around the world.

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Makayla Noble, the 17-year-old high school cheerleader who was paralyzed in a freak tumbling accident. Cedarbook Media