Cheerleader, 15, critically injured after goalpost falls onto her head at school
A teenage cheerleader was left critically injured after a football goalpost toppled onto her head, according to reports.
Jenessa Thompson, 15, was posing for a photo with her teammates when the freak accident happened in Cyril, Oklahoma.
The teen was “pinned to the ground” by the 35-stone structure before being released and airlifted to intensive care.
She had been standing under the structure when her teammates clambered onto it for a photo at their high school.
But the goalpost toppled over and crashed onto her head, the New York Post reports.
Her teammates quickly "jumped into action" and lifted it off her, according to her family.
She was flown to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where she was admitted to the intensive care unit.
Fortunately she did not suffer bleeding on the brain and is being treated for a broken or dislocated jaw.
Doctors are also examining her for more issues.
Her grandmother Debbie Thompson said the goalpost hit her on the right side of her face, MailOnline reports.
She said: “The goalpost hit her solid here and she was pinned to the ground.
“She wasn’t responsive that I could tell. Her little arms were limp.
“She was moaning but pretty much unconscious.”
The teen will stay in intensive care for a few more days, although her condition has now reportedly improved.
She is said to be awake and speaking and gave a thumbs up to her family on Monday.
Her grandmother added: “She shouldn't have survived that severe a blow to the head but she made it.
“There were so many people that rushed to the football field and everyone of them was praying hard.
“The cheerleaders didn't fall apart when it happened, they jumped into action and lifted that massive goal post off of Jenessa's head.”
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