"My dream was to be a star performer,"
Eight acrobats from the U.S.,
Four of the women spoke Tuesday at a news conference at a hospital in
They declined to detail the extent of their individual injuries, citing the potential legal action, but their lawyers said the performers had collectively experienced about two dozen surgeries.
"We are all terribly injured. Some of us require many surgeries," she said, wearing a neck brace and seated in a wheelchair. "We are learning to use our arms, hands and necks again (in) hours and hours of daily physical therapy. We are hoping we can (heal) enough that we can live our lives without this pain."
"I don't know what I'd do without them," Costa said through tears.
Clifford Law Offices in
The lawyers declined to say who would be the focus of a lawsuit and did not rule out pursuing legal action against the carabiner-maker or even the venue, the Dunkin' Donuts Center in
"They want to make sure this never happens again in another circus act," Krzak said.
Investigators from the
The women's medical treatment is being covered through workers compensation, Krzak said.
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