A member of the Orlando Magic Stunt Team fell off a teammate's shoulders during Tuesday night's game at the Amway Center and came crashing to the hardwood floor, landing on her neck and head.
Jamie Woode was injured so severely that paramedics put a brace on her neck before taking her to the hospital in an ambulance.
"She just fell right on her neck. It was horrible seeing that," said Marina Elliot, a spectator at the game. "I hope she's OK."
The accident occurred between the first and second quarters of the Magic game against the New York Knicks, causing a delay. Woode appeared motionless for several minutes while sprawled out on the court, surrounded by paramedics.
"It was scary. She didn't get up a long time," said Megan Brown. "I was in dance. My friends were in cheer. I know how that is."
As the former University of Central Florida cheerleader was lifted onto a stretcher, fans cheered. Then, while Woode was being wheeled away, she waved her hands to the sold-out crowd at Amway center.
Woode is no stranger to injuries. In 2003, Woode broke a bone in her calf and yet went on to help UCF's cheerleading squad win its first-ever national championship.
After the Magic's 89-99 loss to the Knicks, Magic head coach Jacques Vaughn spoke about Woode before discussing basketball.
"I think our thoughts and prayers should be acknowledged for the young lady who fell," said Vaughn.