Skip to comments.Texas teen in good condition after plummeting over 3,000 feet in skydiving accident
Posted on 01/28/2014 9:20:39 PM PST by Doogle
A 16-year-old Texas girl who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in an Oklahoma skydiving accident survived and is recovering from her many injuries, a doctor said Tuesday.
Dr. Jeffrey Bender, a trauma surgeon at OU Medical Center who treated Makenzie Wethington when she was flown Saturday from a skydiving school in Chickasha, said the girl hurt her liver and broke her pelvis, lumbar spine in her lower back, a shoulder blade and several ribs. She also has a broken tooth.
"I don't know the particulars of the accident as I wasn't there. But if she truly fell 3,000 feet, I have no idea how she survived," Bender said at a news conference at the hospital, where the girl's parents also spoke to reporters.
Not only did she survive, but she was in good condition Tuesday, Bender said, and was expected to leave the intensive care unit. Still, she has a long recovery ahead. Bender said it will be several weeks before she can bear any weight.
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Good for the girl. It’s a shame she has an idiot for a father.
Does this qualify as a miracle?
I’m sure she thinks so.
.....always said, “if I was meant to fly, I’d spend time sitting on a branch and sh**ing through feathers”
He’s setting up for the payday.
“”I don’t think she should have been allowed at 16 to go up there and perform that type of jump, no matter what I say or she says, she shouldn’t have been allowed,” Joe Wethington said at the news conference. “I find it very hard to believe that the rules and regulations in Oklahoma are that lax. I think there is a flaw there somewhere, and I don’t think it’s through the state of Oklahoma. I think it’s the company. I’m not sure.””
“, said the girl hurt her liver and broke her pelvis, lumbar spine in her lower back, a shoulder blade and several ribs. She also has a broken tooth.”
good condition can be a relative term
“I’m suing! Somebody should have stopped me!!!”
Life is too precious to risk it for frivolous reasons. Life and limb should only be put on the line when faced with extreme circumstances such as saving a life or defending freedom!
She’s from Texas, but was too young to jump there, so she and her father drove to OK. They took a six hour basic parachuting class (static line). Because of the load balance being what it was... the father was asked to jump first. He did. The daughter jumped next. Apparently, a third jumper refused to jump. There was a jumpmaster, that was obligated to ride back down with the no go jumper. He did.
The injured jumper had a partial malfunction of some kind. The report I heard said she was spinning and couldn’t cut away. I don’t know why or if she even tried. Perhaps she was wrapped up in the canopy or had something close to a horseshoe malfunction where part of the canopy was open and part of it was somehow still attached to her body, or the suspension lines were attached to her body in such a way as to not allow the canopy to open properly.
She impacted the ground and lived. Often in a case where the jumper lives, several factors come into play- like, landing in grass or a plowed field, enough of an open canopy to slow the fall rate to a survivable speed, landing in such a way so that the body distributes the force across the entire body or most of the body, resilient spirit, quick medical treatment, etc. She’s very lucky. The parents were already talking about suing the facility.
An amazing quote in my opinion. Absolutely mind-boggling!
something went wrong....it happens.....
but now in retrospect, he thinks it was a bad idea for that dang skyjumping school to come drag their dtr out of the house and FORCE her to jump from a plane...../sarcasm/
It's obvious that the parents are to blame as they have the last say as to what their children can & can't do, unless of course it is abortion I guess.
Here is what the father said for those that didn't read the article.
"I don't think she should have been allowed at 16 to go up there and perform that type of jump, no matter what I say or she says, she shouldn't have been allowed," Joe Wethington said at the news conference. "I find it very hard to believe that the rules and regulations in Oklahoma are that lax. I think there is a flaw there somewhere, and I don't think it's through the state of Oklahoma. I think it's the company. I'm not sure."
Damn fool. Jury trial in chickasha. Looser pays all. School should take that bet.
A nation of idiots.
Hes setting up for the payday.
I dont think she should have been allowed at 16 to go up there and perform that type of jump, no matter what I say or she says, she shouldnt have been allowed, Joe Wethington said at the news conference. I find it very hard to believe that the rules and regulations in Oklahoma are that lax. I think there is a flaw there somewhere, and I dont think its through the state of Oklahoma. I think its the company. Im not sure.
You are right - ready to sue.
I don’t think he is idiotic for allowing it. I’m glad my dad allowed me and my brothers to race moto-x when we were kids. But sometimes things go wrong and it is not anyone’s fault. This guy is sue happy and wants to stop everybody else from ever experiencing anything that might hurt their kid.
Parachuting is fun, and good for the attitude.
That's a lifetime of pain, right there. Poor kid.
I did not see in article, usually this type of activity requires a signed release and a waiver.
Since injured teen is a minor- dad probably signed.
I dont think he is idiotic for allowing it. Im glad my dad allowed me and my brothers to race moto-x when we were kids. But sometimes things go wrong and it is not anyones fault. This guy is sue happy and wants to stop everybody else from ever experiencing anything that might hurt their kid.
To me it was as if the father was saying “Why didn’t anyone stop her from doing this dangerous thing?” The first person that should have then, is her parent.
Yes it’s great to experience things and the chances that this would happen to another person their first time are probably slim. I’m not saying not to allow dangerous things, but the dad wants it both ways is all.
What is a looser?
Idiot father of Joshua Texas a suburb of fort worthless texas the new Austin for fools who raise brat kids that kill people and get away with it because they have affluenza.
My goodness joshua is right next to Burleson where the hick millionaire Fred and Ethan crouch are from. Strange? Something in the water that makes idiot parents?
Poor girl. Messed up for life with an idiot for a father.
One less o oof cooourse
Oooohhhh. Thanks for clarifying. LOL.
She reached terminal velocity way before she had fallen 3,000 ft.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Makenzie “Mongo” Wethington. Don’t try to kill her. You’ll only make her mad.
“, said the girl hurt her liver and broke her pelvis, lumbar spine in her lower back, a shoulder blade and several ribs. She also has a broken tooth.
good condition can be a relative term”
I suspect that most of the people who actually survive this never walk again, so I’d call this good - and then wonder the rest of my life how I could have been this stupid.
This is not a hobby that has held even the smallest interest for me.
Why is it that if I’m old, I have to pay more for health insurance. If I smoke, I have to pay more for health insurance. If I’m fat, I have to pay more for health insurance. But if I do stupid stuff like this, no problemo???
I’m thinking she’s probably done with her skydiving phase.
Dang lucky to be alive.
All commercial jump facilities have been altered; DO NOT allow this ‘Father’ or any of his relatives to jump at your facility, or you risk being sued if anything goes wrong, EVEN THOUGH HE PROPBABLY SIGNED A WAVIER of liability, and an acknowledgement of all risks inherent.
I understand the family would be upset, but that is a very risky sport, even when all goes well. I’ll bet the girl wont be going back up there, if she ever gets over the shock of falling. She should have jumped in tandem or tied up with a trainer. If I could lose enough weight (20 to 30lbs), I would very much like to jump. It would be an unforgettable experience! I may have to accept Zip-Lining instead.
Indeed. If they told him he can jump out of the window... ah, wait a minute!
Either the reporter is kicking himself this morning, or this is a sad reflection of the America we live in. The story is focused on liability issues, and whether a 16 year old should have been allowed to jump. Maybe it’s just me, but my first and primary interest is how she survived. For sure, she will have an interesting story to tell her grandchildren. I trust that she will soon enough learn about the other scattered survivors of such falls, mostly military pilots, largely from WWII, who chose to jump rather than burn, and bailed out with missing or damaged parachutes from high altitude.
...because you have money.....that the gubment wants
He’s lying. Otherwise, why go to Oklahoma to skydive when there are plenty of skydiving places in Texas? The answer to that is the Oklahoma allows newbies to dive solo ... Texas does not.
Sound words of my Father: Why would you jump out of a perfectly good running airplane?
He was a stunt pilot, and is now almost 96 years old.
like said below, he went there on purpose to skirt laws in TX preventing same
I read what that father said and I’m at a loss for words, except three, what an idiot.
Right away looking for someone to blame and probably hoping to cash in.
“I did not see in article, usually this type of activity requires a signed release and a waiver.
Since injured teen is a minor- dad probably signed”
You are probably right and it is legally wrong. Most jump operations have an exculpatory contract for participants. A parent signed exculpatory contract is not enforceable because parents cannot sign away the rights of a minor child.
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