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RI News
8:46 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Circus Returns To Providence One Year After Devastating Accident

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Trucks outside the Dunkin Donuts' Center following last year's accident.
Credit John Bender / RIPR FILE

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus opens in Providence Thursday nearly a year after a tragic accident injured nine performers.  Some of the acrobats are still recovering from their injuries.

Last May, during a performance in Providence, a group of eight acrobats hung by their hair some 35 feet above the stage floor. They were sent plunging to the ground when a clamp that was part of their equipment failed.  The performers and one person on the ground suffered fractured legs, wrists, even necks.

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RI News
8:58 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Injured Circus Performers Plan To File Lawsuit

Circus trucks parked outside the Dunkin' Donuts center following the accident in May.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Four of the eight acrobats injured in a hair-hanging circus accident are filing a lawsuit.  They’re all still dealing with injuries and some may never walk again.

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Health Care
3:13 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Will They Walk Again? Injured Acrobats Face Long Rehab

Members of the medical team at Rhode Island Hospital who have been caring for the injured circus acrobats appeared at a press conference Wednesday morning. From left to right, Roman Hayda, MD, orthopedic surgeon; Adetokunbo Oyelese, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon; Arthur Bert, MD, chief of anesthesia; Stephanie Farquhar, RN, MS, CCRN, clinical manager, SICU; David Harrington, MD, trauma surgeon; Timothy Babineau, MD, president and CEO, Lifespan, Rhode Island Hospital.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Homemade cards and flowers are pouring in to Rhode Island Hospital for the seven injured circus acrobats who remain hospitalized there. That’s buoyed the performers’ spirits, four of whom are still in serious condition.

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