Amy Purdy Hospitalized After Sustaining DWTS Injury

By: Pam Wright - April 29, 2014

Amy Purdy joined the Dancing With The Stars injured list Monday after sustaining a shoulder injury while dancing with partner Derek Hough.

At the start of Monday’s show, Purdy and pro partner Hough were happy to learn they were safe from elimination.

Their first routine was a 36-out-of-40-point rumba which – not surprisingly – earned high praise from the judges for their rendition of Light My Fire by The Doors.

“Right after judging, I turned my head and my back cracked and it just seized up,” Purdy, 34, told Erin Andrews in a backstage interview. “Everything’s really painful right now. It’s hard to breathe.”

The pair were unable to perform in the group dance routine with their team once everyone realized the 34-year-old snowboarder needed further medical attention at the hospital.

The judges decided to use Purdy and Hough’s dress rehearsal dance to judge the final routine.

“We just hope the best for her and hope she’s back soon,” teammate Meryl Davis said on the show.

Purdy tweeted about having to leave early:

She also sent NeNe Leakes some encouragement after he was eliminated during Monday’s competition.

And the paralympian gave a final update to fans:

Purdy is the third dancer to be injured this season. Danica McKellar returned to DWTS Monday after sustaining a broken rib last week, and Billie Dee Williams had to withdraw from the competition with a chronic back issue.

No word yet when – and if – Purdy will return to the dance floor.

Here’s the dance routine that led to her injury.

Image via YouTube

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  • Gr8ful

    I like Amy Purdy and Derek dancing together. She has been one of his better partner’s, she catches on fast. Seeing her get hurt was awful. I just hope she recovers quickly and they can maybe do a re-do dance. I give them a 10!