Injured Auburn gymnast undergoing surgery on both knees
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Auburn says a gymnast who suffered devastating leg injuries during an NCAA regional semifinal is undergoing surgery.
A statement released by Auburn gymnastics coach Jeff Graba says senior Samantha Cerio suffered two dislocated knees during the competition held Friday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Graba says Dr. James Andrews will operate on the athlete on Monday for injuries that include multiple torn ligaments in both knees.
Cerio’s legs buckled during a floor exercise when she landed badly at the end of a tumbling run. She immediately clutched both legs in pain.
The meet was delayed while medical workers put splints on both of her legs. They carried her out of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center to a standing ovation.
Cerio sent a tweet saying she’s doing well and resting.
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I had the opportunity to visit @AuburnGym’s @sam_cerio this weekend. What a wonderful, inspiring young lady. I have no doubt she will overcome this injury and go on to do amazing things. pic.twitter.com/K3l79QYNDZ
— F. King Alexander (@lsuprez) April 8, 2019
— Coach Jeff Graba (@CoachJeffGraba) April 8, 2019