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Old 01-29-2014, 04:18 PM  
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In a recovery being described as a “miracle,” a Texas teen was being transferred out of intensive care on Tuesday after surviving a Saturday skydiving accident that caused her to plummet 3,500 feet and slam into the ground.

Mackenzie Wethington, 16, will remain hospitalized in Oklahoma for a lacerated liver and kidney, a broken tooth and broken bones throughout her body — but at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, hospital officials said she’s in good condition.

“Amazingly enough, she required no surgery for any of those injuries,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bender, the OU Medical Center trauma surgeon who oversaw Mackenzie’s care on Saturday night. “I have no idea how she survived.”
Mackenzie desperately wanted to go skydiving, so her father Joe Wethington arranged a trip with her as a present for her 16th birthday. Her mother, Holly Wethington, didn’t want the trip to happen, though. At Tuesday’s press conference, Holly said she resisted signing the necessary release forms until she was assured that Mackenzie would be doing a tandem jump, riding on an experienced skydiver’s back.

Joe Wethington explained at the press conference that he and his daughter were surprised to learn that a tandem jump wouldn’t be an option.

“It was not a part of the program there ... but Mackenzie was already so excited,” Joe said. “She wanted to do it anyway. ... She was just too excited.”

Joe cried throughout the press conference and said he wished he hadn’t gone through with the trip. Earlier in the day, he stressed how grateful he was that his daughter survived the fall.

“She’s a miracle,” he told TODAY. “She’s a miracle child.”

“She jumped out of a plane but she fell in God’s hands,” he added on Tuesday afternoon. “Compared to when she came in here, she’s doing great.”
The father-daughter team attended a skydiving training session together at Pegasus Air Sports Center in Chickasha, Okla., before boarding a 1958 Cessna for the jump.

Joe jumped first and landed successfully, then watched in horror as Mackenzie plunged two-thirds of a mile before crashing into the ground.

“Her chute opens (and) she starts spinning,” her father recounted. “She went into a spiral and spiraled all the way down, 3,500 feet.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Joe Wethington accused Pegasus Air Sports Center of having inadequate training and failing to maintain its equipment properly. In a statement to TODAY, Pegasus owner Bob Swainson said he believed Mackenzie may be responsible for the accident.

“Once all the training is over, and we’re happy with everything then, then we can go and make the dive, but she didn’t do what she was supposed to do,” Swainson told TODAY.

Joe Wethington said his daughter, a straight-A student, performed better than anyone else during their training session and followed instructions to the letter, the way she always does.

But Swainson said Mackenzie failed to take “corrective counter action” during the jump itself.

She didn’t have to pull anything,” Swainson told TODAY. “The parachute opens automatically. It opened. She had a full parachute. However, during the course of the fall — or maybe it was initiated by her — somewhere after the opening of the parachute, she initiated a left turn. ...

“There was a full parachute and it started a left turn all the way until she hit the ground. ... She didn’t take that corrective counter action (and) as a result, the parachute did not stop turning.”

Mackenzie’s mother, Holly Wethington, recalled the sickening dread that overwhelmed her when she learned about the accident — as well as the rush of relief when her daughter snapped back with remarkable speed.

“She’s got a pen and she’s writing us notes: ‘What are my injuries? Can I play sports again?’” Holly said. “It was a great feeling — it was the first time I could really breathe. ...

“She wanted a kiss (and) pointed at her mouth. She’s in a brace that goes all the way down. She asks me all the time to get in bed with her and snuggle with her and obviously I can’t do it. I wish I could.”

Dr. Bender said Mackenzie should have "little long-term outcome" from her injuries and should recover from them within six to eight weeks. Joe Wethington said he's amazed by his daughter's resilience.

“She’s the toughest kid I ever met,” he said. “With all that is going on right now, she hasn’t shed one tear.”
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:59 AM   #46
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The video description says the fall was not fatal, but he did suffer serious injuries.
No kidding? What a lucky bastard. Well, depending on the injuries, I guess. Sometimes you'd probably be better off not making it.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:12 AM   #47
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How did it happen if you don't mind me asking?
hotubbing with friends in February. Went outside to cool off and slipped on black ice. Fell 5 feet and landed on my head
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:14 AM   #48
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hotubbing with friends in February. Went outside to cool off and slipped on black ice. Fell 5 feet and landed on my head
For realz? Jesus. That's terrible, I can't imagine.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:21 AM   #49
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For realz? Jesus. That's terrible, I can't imagine.
yeah its pretty dumb.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:27 AM   #50
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No kidding? What a lucky bastard. Well, depending on the injuries, I guess. Sometimes you'd probably be better off not making it.
The girl broke a tooth. That would be very painful.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:31 AM   #51
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hotubbing with friends in February. Went outside to cool off and slipped on black ice. Fell 5 feet and landed on my head
Okay, you just freaked me out bad. That could happen to anyone.

I remember reading that Conrad Dobler's wife had a similar accident, and she just fell out of a hammock and landed wrong. She fell something like two feet.

I have a malformed vertebrae in my neck - something from birth - so I have this fear that at some point someone will rear-end my car at five miles per hour and it'll snap my neck in two. It's irrational because I didn't know about the vertebrae until I was 40 and spent my youth playing football and riding roller coasters, but irrational fears are still fears.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:36 AM   #53
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I'm basically peyton manning in a wheelchair with better looks and I dont flop in cold weather. Well I kinda do
Now, now. Don't be so hard on yourself. I wouldn't call my worst enemy Peyton Manning.
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Okay, you just freaked me out bad. That could happen to anyone.

I remember reading that Conrad Dobler's wife had a similar accident, and she just fell out of a hammock and landed wrong. She fell something like two feet.

I have a malformed vertebrae in my neck - something from birth - so I have this fear that at some point someone will rear-end my car at five miles per hour and it'll snap my neck in two. It's irrational because I didn't know about the vertebrae until I was 40 and spent my youth playing football and riding roller coasters, but irrational fears are still fears.
About 3 years ago....I found out that a girl I went to highschool died at the age of 30. She fell down the steps in her house and they found her at the bottom....snapped neck. Think about how many times you run up or down steps and don't even really pay attention.
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About 3 years ago....I found out that a girl I went to highschool died at the age of 30. She fell down the steps in her house and they found her at the bottom....snapped neck. Think about how many times you run up or down steps and don't even really pay attention.
And think about how funny it can be when someone falls down the stairs and doesn't get hurt.

You can die from almost anything.
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And think about how funny it can be when someone falls down the stairs and doesn't get hurt.

You can die from almost anything.
Yep. Shit....I fell down the stairs at my apartment complex when I was 18. Didn't do shit to me. All it takes is landing wrong for one split second....and done.
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Among biomedical researchers, there's a well-known and funny satirical article that appeared in one of the Christmas Issues of the prestigious British Medical Journal, "Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials":

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC300808/
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