Parents hopeful as Indiana teens in parasailing crash show signs of improvement
Girls responding to commands, parents say
Last Updated: 156 days ago
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The parents of two Indiana teens critically hurt in a parasailing accident in Florida say the girls are showing signs of improvement.
Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good, both 17, were on vacation in Panama City Beach on Monday when their line broke loose from the boat.
The girls slammed into two nearby buildings, as seen in video captured by a witness.
"You're in a state of shock. I mean, this is vacation. It's supposed to be fun," said Eric Good, Sidney's father.
"That day, the scene so chaotic, we didn't know what was happening," said Amy Good, Sidney's mother.
The parents are encouraged by what they're seeing in the hospital.
"She actually got up today, with therapy, and was able to walk," said Michael Fairchild, Alexis' father.
"She's responding to us, by voice," Amy Good said. "She will move her arms and her legs. She will respond to commands."
Initial reports from investigators indicated that strong winds may have played a significant role in the incident.
Aquatic Adventures, the company that ran the boat involved in the incident, said Wednesday that while they adhere to best practices to minimize risk, sudden weather conditions can occur.
Friends and supporters of Fairchild and Good put up posters in their Huntington County community to show solidarity and raise money for mounting hospital bills.
The girls' parents are thankful for the support.
"We just need everyone to keep praying for us," Fairchild said.
A fundraiser has been set up for the girls at www.giveforward.com (mobile users click http://bit.ly/1b52P8C )
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