Makayla Noble Update As Cheerleader Celebrates First Thanksgiving Since Being Paralyzed

Makayla Noble, the Texas high school cheerleader who was paralyzed in a freak accident earlier this year, has celebrated her first Thanksgiving since her injury.

The 17-year-old Prosper resident suffered a severe spinal cord injury on September 20 while practicing gymnastic maneuvers for homecoming in a backyard.

The injury left her paralyzed from the chest down and unable to move her hands. She subsequently spent several weeks in hospital and a rehabilitation facility before finally being allowed to move back home.

The family has been posting updates about the teen's story in the Facebook group "Makayla's Fight," which currently boasts more than 53,000 members. The family has received an outpouring of support from people in the local community and further afield since the accident.

In an update posted on Friday, Noble's mother said she spent Thanksgiving morning at home with her brother and sister, before visiting her grandparents in the afternoon.

"Mak has had a pretty good day!," her mother said in the post. "Thanksgiving may look different than we may have thought, but we still have a lot to be thankful for!"

The mother said she had asked Noble what five things the cheerleader was thankful for this year, to which she replied: family, Kevin (her pet cat,) the fact she is not in hospital, the fact she is alive, and all the love and support she is receiving.

The teen has tried to keep a positive attitude since her accident, and previously said in a video message that the injury has changed her perspective on life.

"I think I love life more," Noble said. "By doctors telling me, 'I don't know how you survived, you should have died,' with my injury, falling on my neck, on my throat—I could have died, I should have died. The fact that I didn't and I've had so much improvement, really just changed my life."

"I'm just grateful that I'm here, still walking on this Earth and living life and learning new things."

The 17-year-old has made significant progress since the accident and can now perform several actions, like lifting her arms, that she was not able to do immediately after the injury.

On Wednesday, the family posted another update saying that Noble had only had an "okay day."

"Not a whole lots of smiles and everything has just been kind of meh. We know there will be highs and lows, and today is just one of those down days," the update said. "Unfortunately, Mak's Blood Pressure has been up most the day so that hasn't helped."

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Makayla Noble, the Texas teen who suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left her paraylzed from the chest down. Cedarbrook Media