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Beth Tweddle can move hands and feet after back surgery

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Beth Tweddle can move hands and feet after back surgery

Beth Tweddle can move her hands and feet following "successful" surgery on her broken back last night (07.02.16).

The Olympic gymnast, 30, underwent an emergency operation to fuse two fractured vertebrae in her neck after she was involved in a horror smash training for 'The Jump' on Saturday (06.02.16) and, despite being in a lot of pain, she's already started showing signs of a positive recovery.

Beth's parents, Ann and Jerry, said in a statement: "The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort.

"At 20:00 GMT last night Beth was taken down for surgery where they took a piece of bone from her hip and used it to fuse the two vertebrae that were fractured, along with pinning them together. It was a scary time for all of us and we're just very grateful that the operation was a success."

The retired athlete, who has won the title of Britain's greatest ever gymnast, sparked concern among fans over the weekend when she was airlifted to a hospital in Austria after she ploughed into a barrier and damaged her spine.

Following the shocking accident, Beth has been left with no choice but to leave the competition - making her the third celebrity to quit the show due to injury.

'Holby City' actress Tina Hobley, 44, was forced to pull out last week after she dislocated her elbow and fractured her arm when the crew failed to vacate the landing area.

And Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, 26, has also decided to depart the competition after she dislocated her shoulder while practicing the frightening air jump last week.