Last month, two 17-year-old girls were severely injured while parasailing in Florida, according to ABC News. Fox 59 in Indianapolis reported that the teens, Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good, who are from Huntington, Indiana and were on vacation in Panama City Beach, Florida when the accident occurred, were parasailing in tandem when their towrope broke free from the boat. After they broke free from the boat, Alexis and Sidney, in an incident caught on video, drifted and slammed into a high-rise building and power lines before crash landing onto a parked car.
Alexis and Sidney were rushed to Panama City Hospital after the accident. The girls’ injuries included spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Alexis has recovered enough to return to Indiana to continue her rehabilitation.
“Every brain injury is different. She has a lot of great things in her favor, she is a very healthy woman and her age,” said Alexis’ doctor, Lisa Lombard. “She’s got a long road ahead of her though because it’s not just the rehabilitation team that’s taking care of her here, but it’s also follow-up care. She’s gonna need to go through months of some outpatient therapies as well to make sure she has a successful return to everything she enjoys doing and also to school.”
Florida does not currently have any specific regulations for parasailing. Still, this type of negligence should not go unpunished, especially when it involves injuries to children.
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