Makayla Noble Update As Paralyzed Texas Cheerleader Begins Rehab After 'Rough Night'

Makayla Noble, the high school cheerleader who was paralyzed in a freak gymnastics accident, had a "rough night" before beginning rehab, according to an update posted by the family on Facebook.

The 17-year-old resident of Prosper, Texas, had spent more than three weeks in hospital at Medical City Plano since suffering a severe spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the chest down and unable to move her hands.

But on Wednesday—her 17th birthday—Noble arrived at a rehabilitation facility in order to begin a course of physical therapy.

"Mak had a rough night with lots of tears BUT all that turned around when she got to meet her new nurses today!" the family said in the Facebook update, which was posted on Thursday.

Despite the rough night, the family said there had been several positives for Noble in addition to meeting her new therapy team.

Among these was the fact that she was able to put on regular clothes. The teen also reportedly "wowed" her nurses in physical therapy and "loved" having her sister, Myriah Noble, decorate her new room.

"She is very excited to get her Wheelchair tomorrow, this will give her more freedom to go around the hospital as well as outside!" the family said in the update.

The Prosper resident was also "so excited" that the team at the rehab facility taught her how to use her iPad, according to the update.

"It was a little challenging at first but she figured it out! She will be back on social media soon."

During her hospital stay at Medical City Plano, Noble experienced problems with her lungs, which delayed her move to the rehabilitation facility.

After arriving safely at the rehab facility Wednesday, the family said in another Facebook update that it had been a "hard day."

"Mak wants you on this journey with her so if we are being open and honest, today has been a hard day," Wednesday's update said.

"Hard saying goodbye to her nurses at Medical City Plano. Hard arriving and seeing all the patients in wheelchairs, facing her reality and she is struggling knowing she will be here a while, away from friends and family."

"We have received all the Birthday wishes and videos, however Mak was not quite up to seeing them all today."

Noble has received an outpouring of support as her story has caught the attention of people in her local community, other parts of the United States, and, indeed, all over the world.

A GoFundMe page set up by a family friend, Tiffany Smith, to help with the teen's medical expenses has raised more than $173,000, while the Nobles have been inundated with messages of support and gifts.

Texas cheerleader Makayla Noble
Texas high school cheerleader Makayla Noble, 17, was left paralyzed after suffering a severe spinal cord injury. She has now moved to a rehabilitation facility. Cedarbook Media