An eight-year-old girl has been paralysed from the waist down after performing a cartwheel during a school dance class.

The incident occurred in China where the girl, identified only with her nickname Han Han, fell during the dance class.

She was then told by her instructor to have a rest, but later she was asked to rejoin the class.

Han Han, who suffered severe pain, later complained she could not feel her legs.

After being taken to a few hospitals, she was diagnosed with spinal injuries that had caused paraplegia, which is an impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower extremities.

Her parents were told their child may regain some level of mobility, but it might take years until she recovers, if ever.

A WA school has banned children from doing cartwheels and handstands because the practice is “too dangerous”. Read more HERE.

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  • How can the teacher ask her to rejoin the class after a rest, when she suffered severe pain ?


  • I was told my GP that often when you fall you often twist your body, That is the reason that sometimes you will have bruises, abrasions on one side of your body on part of it, then the other side in a different area.


  • 1. Don’t believe how bad the medical service is in China.
    2. Don’t ban doing cartwheels, teach how it should be done properly.


  • She may have had a previous injury which weakened her spine. Can’t believe that she had to be taken to multiple hospitals before this was found is unimaginable. My hope is that she makes a complete recovery from this incident


  • OMG, I can’t believe this. I’ve never heard of such an injury from a cartwheel. I hope she is okay.


  • This is very sad, hope she recovers sooner rather than later.


  • Wow, she must have fell hard to sustain that type of injury. I hope she has a quick recovery.


  • Hopefully this little girl makes a speedy recovery, unfortunately accidents happen.


  • Oh my goodness this is terrifying, I use to them all the time.


  • How tragic ! I should show this article to my 8year old. She does cartwheels all the time, anywhere and everywhere.


  • Such a tragic accident, hope she does recover


  • Poor kid. What a horrible accident.


  • Poor girl I hope she fully recovers. Unfortunately accidents will always happen.


  • Poor kid! We grew up doing all those types of things. I have really bad wrists and chronic back pain (I’m not attributing them to handstands and cartwheels- but I’m sure they played a role, in the wrists at least) to can believe that some childhood games are quite dangerous. Hope she recovers


  • The poor girl it is so sad this happened after a cartwheel.


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