TEXAS – A Texas teenager, who you could call a miracle girl, is making amazing progress while recovering from a sky-diving accident.
Makenzie Wethington suffered injuries to her pelvis, lumbar spine, shoulder-blade, ribs and teeth, all from falling from the sky earlier this month.
At the top of 16-year-old Makenzie Wethington’s bucket list was skydiving.
She was going to wait until she graduated high school but after searching online she found Pegasus Air Sport in Chickasha who would let her jump at sixteen.
Her mother Holly Wethington was reluctant from the beginning.
“She was like, ‘I don’t want to sign this paper. I’m going to have to think about it a lot harder and talk to your dad about it.’ I texted her back and was like, ‘Mom! Really” says Makenzie. “I called my dad right away and I was like, ‘Dad, please! Let’s go skydiving. Like I want to do this so bad.’ So we went.”
In an instant, excitement turned to panic when Makenzie’s parachute malfunctioned and she plummeted 3500 feet from the sky.
“I remember jumping out of the plane and looking up and seeing there was a complication with the parachute, so I started kicking my feet like I was taught in the class,” says Makenzie. “I looked up and it still wasn’t fixing so I tried to pull the togs apart and I just was not strong enough to fight off the wind. So, I just remember screaming and I blacked out.”
She doesn’t remember the moment she hit the ground or when her father who jumped from the plane right after her ran to her side.
“I’ll never forget the look on her face and how she looked I was right up on her when she was on the ground,” says Joe Wethington. “That was horrific.”
Her parents immediately wondered how you survive a fall like that, but Makenzie is expected to make a full recovery without a single surgery.
She’s already on her feet and walking with some assistance.
Dr. Seema Sikka with the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas says, “I’ve seen a lot of amazing things and stories and seen people surviving things and I don’t know that I can ever explain it.”
Makenzie’s mother says there simply was not enough training for a 16-year-old to know what to do in that situation. She hopes what happened to Mackenzie isn’t allowed to happen again.
Holly Wethington says, ‘She’s 16. She was jumping out of an airplane for the first time at 3500 feet.”
Makenzie says, “I think there is a limit on what 16-year-olds should do and what they shouldn’t do.”
Makenzie’s parents are hoping her experience will change skydiving laws in Oklahoma.
But not all bad came from this, the accident has inspired the teenager’s future.
Makenzie now wants to pursue a career as a surgeon and wants to specialize in trauma so she can relate to her patients.