The 2-year-old girl was playing on her playmat when she fell and injured herself. According to the child’s mother, her daughter reportedly took a tumble and went over it. The little girl was then hit, hyperextended her neck, and passed out. When the girl regained consciousness, she was unable to stand and refused to put any weight on her legs.
Piper King, a 2-year-old girl from West Virginia, was playing in her home when the accident occurred. Her mother, Haley King, reportedly said she was keeping an eye on her and warning her to be careful.
Haley described the girl’s tumble as “kind of went over it.” Unfortunately, she then hyperextended her neck, which caused her to become unconscious and unresponsive.
The mother stated that when her 2-year-old daughter regained consciousness, she was unable to stand and refused to put any weight on her legs. She also stated that Piper’s arms and legs were still moving.
When the 2-year-old girl arrived at the local hospital, she reportedly had no use of her arms or legs. The MRI scan revealed that Piper has a severe Chiari malformation, a condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal, according to doctors.
Haley reportedly said: “That’s what caused her tumble to be so severe. They initially thought that she had a tumor on her spine, but she has what they call a Chiari malformation. And most people their whole lives, until they get to adulthood, don’t even know that they have those.”
The 2-year-old girl was then moved to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, where she was paralyzed from the neck down and placed on a ventilator. Doctors decompressed her spine and repaired the malformation with surgery.
Piper’s family does not blame the playmat and claims it was an accident. They are, however, paranoid, knowing that “this could happen to any child.”
Heather Hall, Piper’s aunt, reportedly said:
“They are saying the Chiari malformation is much more common than we realize, and that without an MRI, you’ll walk around your whole life with it and not know you have it. Life can change in the blink of an eye.”
We know that our God still works miracles every day, and we are leaning on His grace to get us through these times. I feel like these prayers are working, and I feel like God hears our cries.”
It’s still unclear if Piper will ever be able to walk again, the doctor said. The story will be updated.