Samantha Cerio underwent surgery Monday, and is expected to make a full recovery

By Rachel DeSantis
April 10, 2019 11:54 AM
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Samantha Cerio, the Auburn gymnast whose career was cut short after a devastating knee injury, is staying upbeat as she continues to heal from surgery.

Cerio’s fiancé Trey Wood shared a sweet clip of the student-athlete in her hospital bed to Instagram, writing that she was enjoying her day with the help of a coloring book.

“@sam_cerio is having a great day! Thanks for the coloring book @pasleygraham #WarDamnSam #auburngymnastics,” he captioned the video.

In the clip, Cerio happily shows off an Easter-themed picture she colored of a baby chick against a background of pastel-colored eggs.

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Wood previously offered his fiancée a message of support after she dislocated and tore ligaments in both of her knees while competing at the NCAA Regional Semifinal in Baton Rouge last Friday.

“So thankful for all the kind words and prayers from all our friends and family,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a slideshow of photos featuring Cerio. “@sam_cerio is too tough and stubborn to keep down. #wardamnsam #stickit4sam.”

Samantha Cerio
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Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said that following the gymnast’s surgery Monday, her biggest focus is now marrying Wood in two months.

“She wants to walk down the aisle and get married, and we’re hoping she can do that,” he told NBC News.

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Cerio revealed on Instagram that Wood popped the question in November 2018.

“This is going to be legendary 💍,” she captioned the post.

The 22-year-old sustained her gruesome injuries after she touched down badly while doing a blind landing on a tumbling pass.

Graba said in a statement that her surgery went off without a hitch, and he expected Cerio to make a full recovery.

“Sam’s surgery lasted two and a half hours and was an extreme success,” he wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “We know the road for full healing is going to be a long and difficult one, but we are confident that she’ll be able to make a complete recovery.”

The Huntersville, North Carolina, native addressed the sudden end to her days as a gymnast in an Instagram post Sunday, writing that she “couldn’t be prouder of the person” gymnastics has made her.

“It’s taught me hard work, humility, integrity, and dedication, just to name a few. It’s given me challenges and road blocks that I would have never imagined that has tested who I am as a person,” she wrote. “It may not have ended the way I planned, but nothing ever goes as planned.”

Cerio is set to graduate Auburn with an aerospace engineering degree in May. She already has a job lined up at Boeing in Seattle.

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