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Michigan State cheerleader out of the hospital after scary fall

Jeff Eisenberg
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As difficult as it sometimes was to watch Florida State's lackluster offense on Wednesday night against Michigan State, what happened during a first-half timeout was probably even harder for viewers to see.

Taylor Young, a 20-year-old Michigan State cheerleader, fell from the shoulders of a fellow cheerleader during a routine at midcourt and landed on the ground face first. Paramedics tended to her for several minutes, eventually immobilizing her head and strapping her to a backboard before taking her off the floor.

Young attempted to show a sellout crowd and a national TV audience that she was going to be OK on Wednesday night when she smiled and gave two thumbs up as she was lifted onto a stretcher. Sure enough, a Michigan State spokesman confirmed that the Twin Lake, Mich., native was discharged from a Lansing hospital on Thursday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.

"She was really disoriented at first, but she's back to her normal self," her mother Joanne Young told The Muskegon Chronicle.

"She doesn't get what all the hoopla is about. For Taylor, she doesn't see it as a huge deal. She's been a competitive cheerleader since high school and you hope that nothing like this ever happens. It was a freak thing."

By Thursday morning, Charles Young was confident enough his daughter was going to be fine that he was already joking about her fall. Proving yet again parents and Facebook shouldn't mix, Charles posted an Associated Press photo taken after his daughter fell Wednesday night with the message: "I'm glad to see your booty isn't gettin' big….no one likes a chick with a big butt….love you,"

It's a good thing Taylor had a sense of humor about it. Otherwise that would be far more mortifying than falling on national TV.

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