HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) - One of the victims of this month's parasailing accident in Florida is now back at her home in Huntington.
According to officials at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Alexis Fairchild went home Tuesday. She'll get IV treatments at home and physical, occupational and speech therapy in Fort Wayne. She'll also have another surgery in a few months.
Her friend, Sidney Good is still in a rehab hospital in Indianapolis.
"The town is very supportive, you see signs everywhere at businesses and in yards, so it's great to hear that she's coming home," said Rex Frederick.
Most can't forget the feeling they had when first hearing about the tragic accident earlier this month.
"I was shocked, I thought they got the wrong girls, actually, and I was just terrified of whether it was those girls or not," said Angel Medsker.
People said Alexis' homecoming is something of a miracle.
"It's unbelievable on how strong you guys stayed. I'm glad that you guys pulled through everything that you did, just give them a big hug," said Tosha Davis and Angel Medsker.
"I wish them both well and a speedy recovery," said Martha Hummer.
The local Boys and Girls Club raised money for the girls through a lemonade stand.
"We wish you the best, Alexis and Sidney."
Alexis' parents, Michael and Angela Fairchild issued this statement:
"Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for all the prayers and support we have received from around the world. We would like to thank those who have arranged fundraising events and upcoming blood drives and motor cycle rides in our hometown in honor of our daughter and Sidney Good. We'd also like to thank the medical teams at IU Health Methodist who have cared for Alexis."
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