Lukas Mueller, paralyzed Austrian ski jumper, released from hospital
23-year-old to recover at rehab clinic 6 weeks after crash left him partially paralyzed
Austrian ski jumper Lukas Mueller has been released from the hospital to continue his recovery in a rehab clinic, six weeks after a crash at the ski flying world championships left him partially paralyzed.
Mueller says his condition is improving and he's able to move a toe, adding "for now it's utopian but if I ever get the chance to jump again, I'll do it."
The 23-year-old Mueller underwent emergency surgery on his lower spine following the Jan. 13 crash in Tauplitz. He lost control during a 120-meter test jump after the shoe buckle on his left ski opened.
The 2009 junior world champion on the normal hill competed in 16 World Cup events with a sixth-place finish at the first stop of the 2009-10 Four Hills his best result.