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Texas teen who survived Chickasha skydiving accident released from hospital

Makenzie Wethington, 16, was released Friday from the OU Medical Center and will be transferred to a rehabilitation center in Texas.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 31, 2014 at 9:57 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014

A Texas teenager who survived a parachuting accident in Chickasha was released Friday from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center.

Makenzie Wethington, 16, will be transferred to an undisclosed rehabilitation center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, OU Medical Center officials said.

Wethington, of Joshua, Texas, fell 3,500 feet from an airplane in a Jan. 25 skydiving accident in Chickasha. Wethington suffered a major fracture in her liver, broke her pelvis, shoulder blade, several ribs, a vertebra in her lower spine and a tooth, after complications during her jump caused her to spiral down after her parachute opened.

Wethington's parents said the teenager had dreamed of going skydiving for her 16th birthday. Because the legal age to sky-dive in Texas is 18, the family came to Oklahoma.

Wethington's parents have questioned whether their daughter was properly trained and equipped for the jump.