Streamer who broke her back shares injury news and recovery video
Last week at TwitchCon, streamer Adriana Chechik broke her back in two places after jumping into a foam pit. it seemed neither deep nor soft. She has since shared details and videos of her injuries, and they are somehow even worse than reported.
Writing on her Twitter account last weekChechik said on October 12:
So, the operation went well, 5 hours and 30 minutes! More adhesions than expected, bones completely shattered and nerves damaged in my bladder, hopefully I can urinate again in the near future… there was some bleeding around the bone but overall all is well!
It hurts a lot, but I feel hopeful and want to walk again! Does anyone know where I can get my braces dyed or pink coated since I will be wearing them for a long time?
On October 13, she wrote:
Tried to sit in PT today, I’d rather die than do it again. I hate it, my whole body hates it. I don’t want to be tough. I don’t want to be brave, I cried for an hour and the pain was so huge because of all the medications I was taking. I don’t know if I can do it. I can’t explain this pain.
A day later she added:
For people asking why you jumped. Don’t try to turn me into a bad guy. I am among all those who suggested that this was carried out with the proper precautions. It’s like getting into a car, assuming that the airbag will work, but it doesn’t. I am not guilty. None of the victims were injured.
And wrote to Instagram:
Today I washed my face with a sponge and washed my hair. Not being able to move or do anything for yourself is so hard. I am very grateful to the medical staff. I never thought that I would ever be still. The next few days will be very difficult. Yesterday I sat down and then spent the rest of the day in hysterics and pain. The realization of how much pain you have to endure has come. Please pray that I will find the strength to endure today. I’m going to take this one day at a time and if I’m not pissed, then I’m not pissed. But I would appreciate any support or reading material to help me on my journey. Thanks to everyone who is rooting for me!
Later that day, she shared this video of a therapy session:
October 15 she came to second surgery, before leaving the hospital this morning:
It is important to remember that these horrific injuries, subsequent surgeries and a long road to recovery were the result of an accident that occurred in foam pit. At the time of the incident, we contacted Twitch (TwitchCon organizers), Lenovo (foam pit sponsors) and Kairos Media (the creative agency that actually runs the booth), and it wasn’t until a week later that Lenovo spoke publicly about the situation.
Chechik was also far from the only casualty at the event; other members shared their stories, which included more back injuries and a dislocated knee: