Horror moment dancer is almost killed as neck snaps backwards after iconic lift

This is the terrifying moment a professional dancer was almost killed after her drunken attempt at the iconic Dirty Dancing lift went disastrously wrong.

Millie Slennett and sister Rosie had been competing to see who could pull off the move the better with their partners when disaster struck.

The footage shows Millie, 25, being hoisted up onto boyfriend Conner Justin’s shoulders just like the scene performed by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the 1987 classic.

At first, Millie, from Perth, Australia, manages to keep her balance but then starts tipping over and falls off behind Conner.

She hits the ground face first and her head snaps back so far it seems to touch her back.

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Rosie, behind the camera, immediately stops filming and rushes to help her sister.

But incredibly, Millie managed to stand up.

After being taken to hospital in an ambulance, doctors watched footage of the incident and were stunned that the part-time dance teacher was still able to walk.

“I rolled onto my side and checked that I could move my fingers and my toes, because I knew I'd landed badly and it hurt a lot,” Millie said. “All my family ran around me and my mum was holding my head.

“It felt like I had broken all the ribs down my left side. Breathing hurt so much, but I managed to stand up. I found it funny because when I'm in a lot of pain I end up laughing instead.

“I know I'm so lucky. It could have been so much worse. I could have snapped my neck or done damage to my spine. I could have died.”

Millie was still in pain the following day and was Called back to hospital for a CT scan, which confirmed she’d escaped any serious damage other than bruising.

But the traumatic scenes have been imprinted on her dad’s memory.

"A night or so after, my dad woke up having nightmares about it ending worse. He's pretty traumatised by it and keeps saying he needs to delete the video from his phone.

"You hear about these freak accidents and people never recover, so after I posted the video it sort of hit me how lucky I was."

The dance teacher has unsurprisingly warned against attempting the dangerous move, particularly “after a couple of drinks”.

Instead, she suggests attempting it in a swimming pool.

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