Only on 10: Mother of injured circus performer speaks out

Widny Neves at Rhode Island Hospital (Photo courtesy of Roiter Neves)

Griselda Neves told NBC 10 on Wednesday she couldn't believe it when she saw video of her daughter falling to the ground during a hair-hanging act.

"I saw the video and it's terrible. When we see the video we say, 'Can't believe it', but God is so good for everybody and take care of us," she said.

Widny Neves and seven other acrobats were performing an act described as a "human chandelier," hanging from an apparatus by their hair during a Sunday performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, when a clip at the top of the apparatus snapped, dropping them about 20 feet to the ground.

According to her mother, Widny suffered a broken arm and a few other broken bones.

"I just came to see what happened," said Griselda Neves, who flew to Providence from Brazil on Wednesday.

Griselda Neves, a former trapeze artist, said that Widny is a fourth generation circus performer.

"Always seeing daddy and mom working. From very early years, she said, 'I want to be a circus performer,'" she said.

Griselda Neves said that the circus puts all of the equipment through rigorous testing before any performance and Ringling Bros. is a world-class operation.

"It's the best. And they take care of all the artists and have new props and engineers and all professionals doing the best possible," she said. "Accidents happen everywhere, in the circus, in sports, and in life."

Griselda Neves said despite the accident, her daughter wants to continue to work with the circus.

She said she knows that the accident, as bad as it was, could have been much worse.