PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WANE) One of the teens injured while parasailing in Florida will be released soon, according to a release the family of the two teens sent out on Wednesday.
Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild, both 17, were parasailing in high winds on Monday July 1 when the rope apparently broke from the boat, sending the girls flying out of control. Cell phone video shows the two hitting a balcony on a condo and careening over another building before crashing into an SUV in a parking lot.
On Thursday, Good was still recovering from brain trauma that prevented doctors from doing anything about her broken neck. On Monday, she was finally able to undergo surgery to repair her neck injury. She was also removed from her ventilator and breathing on her own.
According to Wednesday's update from the family, Good continues to improve after Monday's surgery. Good recognized Fairchild on Tuesday and was happy to to have a visitor. Good also began to eat soft foods on Tuesday.
Good's parents was also happy to hear that their daughter felt bored and wanted to get up and move around. Good may begin walking by Thursday. She will still need to wear a beck brace.
Fairchild continues to do well and is expected to be released in a few days.
The following is the update released by the families of Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild on Wednesday afternoon:
Alexis is doing well and can expect to be released in the next day or two. She will continue her rehabilitation at a hospital in Indianapolis. In the meantime, her rehabilitation sessions at Bay Medical continue twice a day to help her with walking and returning to normal movements. She still has severe back pain but continues to improve. Alexis has visited Sidney's room several times and even ventured down to the gift shop for a little shopping.
Sidney recognized Alexis yesterday and was visibly happy to see her when Alexis came to visit. Sidney continues to improve following Monday's surgery at Bay Medical Center to repair the neck injury she sustained in the July 1 parasailing accident in Panama City Beach. She began to eat soft foods yesterday and was able to feed herself. Another positive development yesterday was when Sidney told her parents she was bored. She wants to get up and move around, and we are hopeful she will be able to begin walking tomorrow. Sidney will need to wear a neck brace for several weeks as she heals.
We would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers. We feel your prayers and they are working. We also want to extend our sincerest appreciation to everyone back home for all they are doing for our girls.
A benefit fund has been established to help with medical expenses at PNC Bank. You can deposit into the Good & Fairchild Benefit fund at any PNC Branch, or give online at: www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/tpm2/alexis-sidney
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