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EXCLUSIVE: Circus performer released from hospital speaks about accident

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By: Alexandra Cowley 
acowley@abc6.com 

For the first time, we're hearing from one of the 8 hair hanging act performers just released from Rhode Island hospital. 23-year-old Samantha Pitard spoke exclusively to ABC news about the terrifying experience and the girl's miraculous recovery.

Samantha Pitard says they were on their third leg position when she heard a loud snapping noise, before they all plummeted to the ground. Pitard is the second circus performer to be released from the hospital after Sunday's horrific accident during the hair hanging performance. It's called the human chandelier. The women were just seconds into the act.

Pitard explained "I heard a really loud pop and then we just plummeted the ground. Once I hit the ground I landed on my butt and my elbows, kind of like that."

Within seconds, the paramedics swarmed them. Pitard says she was immediately concerned about the other girls.

"I remember sitting up looking around, or trying to, I couldn't see everybody. They're like, you need to lay down and they made me, and I asked is everybody alive is everybody okay? They said yes everybody is conscious, everybody is responsive," Pitard explained.

Pitard has spinal fractures, and stitches on her head. She also hurt her tongue pretty bad, biting down on it when she hit the ground. She says it's a miracle they're alive.

"I mean we just fell thirty feet and had our big prop fall on top of us, it was a miracle for sure, because I don't know that we should have been that lucky," she explained.

Pitard says she will return to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, but not hanging by her hair.

"I definitely plan on going back to the show. Not sure in what capacity, I mean we got girls that are going to take a lot longer than me so I'm not sure if hair hang will ever be a part of the show again," Pitard said. 

Pitard is staying in Providence so she can be close to the other women who are still recovering. 

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