Auburn University gymnast speaks out after footage of devastating leg injury goes viral

Auburn University student and retired gymnast Samantha Cerio spoke out on Wednesday to address attention she received on social media following her devastating leg injury.

Cerio, 22, took to Twitter to ask people to refrain from sharing the footage of her accident. According to the college senior, some social media users have even gone as far as to tag her in the distressing content.

"Those of you posting and tagging me in the video of my injury, I am asking you to please stop," she wrote. "Going through the pain and seeing my knees bent unnaturally in real life was horrible enough, but to continue to see it from videos/pictures because some people feel entitled to repost it is not okay. I have family, friends, and teammates who do not need to see me getting injured over and over again. My pain is not your entertainment."

Cerio made headlines after sustaining severe injuries to both of her legs at the NCAA Regional Semifinal in Baton Rouge, La., on April 5.

The star athlete and SEC co-scholar of the year was attempting a handspring double front on the first tumbling pass of her floor routine when she landed awkwardly, dislocating both of her knees and tearing multiple ligaments, her coach said.

Cerio, who announced her retirement on Instagram shortly after the injury, underwent a successful operation on Monday afternoon.

"Sam’s surgery lasted two and a half hours and was an extreme success," coach Jeff Garba wrote on Twitter. "We know the road for full healing is going to be a long and difficult one, but we are confident that she’ll be able to make a complete recovery."

Cerio is currently studying aerospace engineering and expects to graduate in May. She is also set to marry her fiance, Joseph Wood, on June 1 and has a new goal in mind now that her athletic career has come to an end.

"She wants to walk down the aisle and get married, and we're hoping she can do that," coach Graba said

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