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Doctors treating acrobats say time will tell whether 2 with spinal cord injuries will walk

In this photo provided by Frank Caprio, performers hang during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Friday, May 2, 2104, in Providence, R.I. A platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the 11 a.m. performance Sunday, May 4, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. At least nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Frank Caprio) MANDATORY CREDIT

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In this photo provided by Frank Caprio, performers hang during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Friday, May 2, 2104, in Providence, R.I. A platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the 11 a.m. performance Sunday, May 4, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. At least nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Frank Caprio) MANDATORY CREDIT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The medical professionals treating the acrobats who fell during a circus performance in Rhode Island say two of the women have spinal cord injuries and that time will tell whether they will walk again.

Timothy Babineau, CEO of Rhode Island Hospital's parent company, said Wednesday the eight injured acrobats are determined to heal as quickly as possible and return to doing what they love.

Their neurosurgeon says two can feel their legs but have only limited movement. It may be a year or two before it's clear whether they'll heal completely and walk again.

Doctors say all of the acrobats will require physical therapy. The women want to undergo rehabilitation as a team.

The accident happened Sunday during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performance in Providence.

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