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Amy Purdy, 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant, rushed to the hospital after injury

Purdy, who dances alongside veteran Derek Hough, missed the team dance after being taken to the hospital over back problems.
By Veronica Linares   |   April 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- Dancing With the Stars contestant Amy Purdy has been keeping fans updated via Twitter after an injury sent her to the hospital Monday night.

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

Purdy, who dances alongside veteran Derek Hough, missed the team dance after being taken to the hospital over back problems. She wrote on Twitter that she could "not believe" she missed the event.

"Sorry we couldn't do our live performance tonight #TeamLoca, but we kicked ass in rehearsal! #PurdyHough #DWTS @DancingABC," she added later.

In addition to thanking all her fans for their support via the social media site, Purdy also gave some insight to what happened Monday night.

"The [doctor] thinks it's muscular, still waiting on the official word," she wrote. "As we walked away from the judging table my upper back cracked and went into spasms… in pain but I'm in good hands."

Purdy, a paralympian snowboarder, is considered one of the runner up contestants in the 18th season of the dancing competition. It's still unclear if she'll be able to compete in next week's episode.

Nene Lakes and Tony Dovolani were eliminated during Monday's episode of DWTS.

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