The curse of Friday 13th struck DWTS dancing pro Kym Johnson. She was rushed to hospital in an ambulance after a frightening neck injury. But the good news is that now she is recovering well at home and has been given the all clear to dance this week. Johnson and her celebrity partner, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hines Ward, are favorites to pick up the mirror ball trophy.
The 34-year-old dancer was put in a neck brace and rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by ambulance after falling and injuring her neck in practice. Her rep said she was hospitalized as “precautionary measures to assure she is OK.” It certainly looked pretty nasty. Johnson was taken out of the studio on a stretcher with an oxygen mask over her face.
Kym Johnson then underwent several hours of tests but was then released late on Friday. She was reportedly feeling bruised and sore.
By Saturday, things were looking up and Kym was Tweeting, “I’m feeling better today and I am so happy my Mom is here with me.”
Mom’s care and attention obviously did the trick and by Sunday, Australian dancer Kym was back in the rehearsal room with her partner, NFL great Hines Ward. Professional ballet dancer Johnson is just the latest dancer to suffer an injury on DWTS.
This season fellow pro dancers Cheryl Burke and Maksim Chmerkovsky have also sustained injuries. Burke suffered a tear in her upper left leg while dancing with Chris Jericho while Chmerkovsky hurt both legs and partner Kirstie Alley fell while they were performing the rumba.
Kym Johnson and Hines Ward have made it through to the final four couples on this season’s show. They will compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy if they make it through the next round, screened today and Tuesday on ABC.