Moment when acrobat falls and snaps her neck in Bali

This is the horrific moment an American aerial acrobat plunges to the ground from a 13ft-high rig on a in Bali, snapping her neck.

Sam Panda, 26, had been filming herself practicing ahead of a show in Canggu, Bali, and video from the incident starts with her spinning in a metal hoop suspended from a rig on a stage.

Ms Panda, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is seen hanging upside down in the hoop, when suddenly the metal cable comes loose and she crashes to the ground. 

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Horrifying: Sam Panda had been working as a contortionist and acrobat in Bali for some time when the incident took place

Horrifying: Sam Panda had been working as a contortionist and acrobat in Bali for some time when the incident took place

Ms Panda hit the wooden stage and immediately broke her neck in several places before being rushed to hospital.

Ms Panda is unable to walk and has a piece of vertebra lodged in her spinal cord which surgeons fear could leave her permanently disabled.

'I was in the middle of an aerial hoop performance when the cable released and I fell approximately 3-4 meters to the ground head first,' Ms Panda wrote on Facebook. 

'I have broken my C5 vertebrae, that means I broke my neck, burst the discs between my C5 and C6 as well as C6 and C7, and those are pushing into my spinal cord.

'I also had to get 8 stitches in my head. I am hospitalized at the moment. I am not paralyzed and can move my arms and legs, but I also cannot walk yet. My spine can't support my weight, plus I'm pretty weak and woozy.

Caught on camera: Ms Panda, 26, had been filming herself ahead of a show in Canggu, Bali

Shocking: The wince-inducing footage shows the moment when she plunges to the ground

Injury: The young acrobat smashes into the stage head-first, breaking her neck

'Time is of the essence at this point and I need to get out of Indonesia for proper treatment. We are working on that now. Every day we wait, the swelling increases and causes more weaknesses in my spine.

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