Teens hurt in Florida parasailing crash making progress

July 4, 2013 at 11:40 PM
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PANAMA CITY, Fla., July 4 (UPI) -- The parents of two teenage girls critically injured in a parasailing crash in Florida said Thursday they are making "unbelievable" progress.

Sidney Renea Good and Alexis Fairchild, 17-year-old friends from Roanoke, Ind., flew through the air when a cable snapped Monday afternoon, hitting a high-rise condo building and a parked SUV, The (Panama City) News Herald reported. Both girls were in Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System.

Sidney suffered a severe brain injury along with a broken neck and a bad cut on one leg. Alexis required back surgery.

Their parents held a news conference Thursday afternoon. Sidney is responsive, her parents said, although her condition remains unstable, and doctors have been unable to operate on her neck.

"We wanted to make sure that all the people that have prayed and shown their concern, from all across the world actually, this is how the girls are," Amy Good, Sidney's mother, said. "And we wanted to share their progress -- which is unbelievable."

Michael Fairchild said his daughter was able to walk by Thursday.

"Alexis was able to start walking and went into Sidney's room to say hi and hold her hand," said Michael Fairchild. "She went back to her wheelchair and just wanted to sit with her a bit. Every little bit that happens is good for her. We are just so grateful for where she's at."

Alexis was in Florida with her friend's family at the time of the crash.

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