Injured hair-hanging acrobats plan to file lawsuit

Emergency personnel attend to injured performers after a scaffolding collapsed during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Providence, Rhode Island. Credit: Reuters
Emergency personnel attend to injured performers after a hair-hanging stunt went wrong during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Providence, Rhode Island. Credit: Reuters

Lawyers for a group of hair-hanging acrobats injured at a Providence circus last month while performing a “human chandelier” stunt plan to file a lawsuit after they conclude an in-depth investigation into what caused the horrific accident.

Eight women were injured after plummeting three stories to the floor at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on May 4. Two suffered spinal cord injuries, and doctors say they don’t know if they’ll ever be able to walk again.

Lawyers said the performers have undergone nearly 12 surgeries collectively.

Four of the acrobats made emotional statements Tuesday at a press conference at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

“We are trying to come to terms with knowing we will never be the same,” said aerial performer Viktoriya Medeiros, 34, of Bulgaria. “We are happy to be here, alive.”

Investigators have said a broken carabiner may be to blame for the accident.

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