BARNSTABLE, Mass. — For the first time, an acrobat who was injured after falling roughly 20 feet while performing on Cape Cod is speaking out about what went wrong.
Cyrus Nock spoke with Boston 25 over Facetime on Friday from his hospital bed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“I slowed down and I was about to take a bow for the audience, something so simple and so slow. But I got disoriented and I misplaced my left foot,” he explained.
The fall, which happened earlier this week, was captured on video, showing Nock drop and hit the ground.
Paramedics and first responders were called immediately to the Barnstable County Fair in Falmouth to help him. The 23-year-old said he had been performing on the wheel since he was 12.
“I felt bad for the little boys and girls who had to experience that, I’m sorry they had to watch that, but hopefully they can watch me perform again, have a smile on my face and show them everything’s okay. Everything’s alright,” he said.
The accident in Falmouth left Nock with three cracked ribs and a punctured lung, among other injuries, but he remains positive.
“Hopefully, after this, I’m better than ever, I’ll call myself Cyrus Nock 2.0 because I learned from this and it made me stronger,” he said.
Nock explained that he is an eighth-generation performer working in shows with his family, The Neverless Nocks. The acrobat said he plans to head back home to Sarasota, Fla. once he’s discharged from the hospital.
When it comes to performing again, Nock said the show must go on.
“Hopefully I’ll be back on the wheel and doing what I love,” he said.
Nock told Boston 25 News that he expects to be discharged from the hospital as early as Friday evening.
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