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Aerialist who fell at Beverly Center broke numerous bones, spent 7 weeks in wheelchair

February 4, 2010 |  7:21 am

The air acrobat who fell three stories during a Christmas performance at the Beverly Center spent seven weeks in a wheelchair with numerous broken bones, she said in an interview.

Sarah Romanowsky, 26, said on "Good Morning America" that she doesn't remember the accident.

"It terrified a lot of people. Fortunately, I remember nothing," she said. "That's a blessing."

Romanowsky's injuries were more serious than originally believed. She said she broke her pelvis in four places, shattered her wrist and broke six ribs.

One witness said Romanowsky appeared to fall about 40 feet, from the third level of the shopping center to the first.

She slipped while hanging upside down from a solid metal hoop suspended from the ceiling during the finale of the show "Hunky Santa and the Candy Cane Girls."

She managed to turn herself right side up before falling into a video projection cube. She was not wearing a harness, and there were no nets to break her fall.

Romanowsky said she's recovering well.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: A performance several days before the accident. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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