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Melissa Gilbert injured on ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Actress Melissa Gilbert was rushed to a hospital moments after competing Monday night on “Dancing with the Stars.”
According to a statement issued today, the actress says she is okay, suffering from a mild concussion and some whiplash.
Gilbert had just completed her best performances so far this season with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and according to reports started complaining about dizziness soon afterward. As a precaution she was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Gilbert tweeted last night that “very soon I will be safely home being taken care of.”
After taking a few more looks at last night’s dance, there is one moment early on where Gilbert’s head appears to touch the floor, though it doesn’t appear to be a slam or accidental “drop” by her partner Maks. Of course the camera angle can not always reflect the severity of the point of contact. However, the rest of the dance appears free of head/floor contact by the actress.
The actress revealed at the season’s onset that she had suffered a serious back injury requiring surgery just 18 months ago.
Earlier this week, Gilbert, who was rehearsing the very demanding paso doble for Monday night’s competition, blogged on People.com:
“This week of Dancing has been a killer. I have a burn on my ankle from being dragged across the floor by Maks. It will scar. No question. The scar is mine. I earned it by working really hard. As crazy as it sounds the scar will become a symbol for me. It is a symbol of life without limitations.
“Here’s what I’ve had working against me:
I will be 48 in a few weeks – definitely past retirement for a dancer.
My spine is fused in two places now – last surgery was about a year and half ago.
I was not in the best cardiovascular shape of my life when this started.”
It’s not clear if the actress will have to withdraw from the competition.