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Paralyzed Brazilian Olympic Athlete Transferred To Miami Hospital For Treatment

University of Utah neurosurgeon Andrew Dailey, right, describes the injury of Brazilian gymnast Lais Souza, as Brazilian team doctor Antonio Marttos, left, and Dr. Holly Ledyard, member of the University of Utah Neuro Critical Care Unit, looks on, during a news conference at the University of Utah Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Doctors say the 25-year-old gymnast, expected to compete in freestyle skiing at the Sochi Olympics, is unable to move, talk or breathe on her own after an accident this week while skiing in Utah.  She was injured Monday when she hit a tree while skiing in Park City.(AP Photo)

University of Utah neurosurgeon Andrew Dailey, right, describes the injury of Brazilian gymnast Lais Souza, as Brazilian team doctor Antonio Marttos, left, and Dr. Holly Ledyard, member of the University of Utah Neuro Critical Care Unit, looks on, during a news conference at the University of Utah Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Doctors say the 25-year-old gymnast, expected to compete in freestyle skiing at the Sochi Olympics, is unable to move, talk or breathe on her own after an accident this week while skiing in Utah. She was injured Monday when she hit a tree while skiing in Park City.(AP Photo)

The Brazilian ex-Olympic gymnast who injured her back while she was preparing to compete as a skier at the Sochi Winter Games will be transferred to a Miami hospital that specializes in spinal injuries.

Lais Souza has been at the University of Utah hospital since hitting a tree while skiing recreationally on Jan. 27. The accident left her unable to breathe on her own or move her legs and arms.

The 25-year-old Souza remains in a serious but stable condition and doctors say it's too soon to know whether she will be permanently paralyzed.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Souza was likely to remain in Miami for at least 60 days.

Souza participated in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics as a gymnast before switching to the winter sport.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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