Teen in skydiving accident walking with help

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm •  Published: February 3, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — A 16-year-old North Texas girl who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in an Oklahoma skydiving accident walked with assistance Monday and is expected to fully recover, her doctor said Monday.

Makenzie Wethington was transferred to the facility Friday after spending about a week in an Oklahoma City hospital following the Jan. 25 accident at a Chickasha skydiving school. Dr. Seema R. Sikka with the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas said at a news conference Monday that Wethington is likely to be hospitalized for a few more weeks.

"She is doing well. She's had multiple traumas but actually has been staying in good spirits," said Sikka, who added that the hospital was still evaluating her injuries, which include damage to her liver and a broken pelvis, lumbar spine in her lower back, shoulder blame, several ribs and teeth.

The teenager's parents attended Monday's news conference but Makenzie did not.

Her parents agreed to allow her to skydive as a 16th birthday present, and her father jumped ahead of her. When the teen from Joshua jumped, her canopy opened but with a malfunction that she was unable to correct, and she did not deploy a reserve parachute as she had been taught to do. Her father, Joe Wethington, has said she told him she blacked out as she plummeted to the ground. She landed on grass.

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