Teens hurt in parasailing accident improving, one now walking

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Two Indiana teens hurt during a parasailing accident earlier this week are showing signs of improvement, their parents say.

The families of Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild said the 17-year-old girls are getting better and are heartened by the amount of support they’ve received.

According to the families, Fairchild is walking with help and Good is responsive at Bay Medical Center.

“When (Alexis) was walking to one of her therapies, she was walking past Sidney’s room and was able to walk in, say hi, hold her hand,” said Michael Fairchild, Alexis’ father. “Sidney was able to raise her hand. It was a great moment.”

According to the News Herald, Good experienced swelling in her brain and doctors removed a blood clot. They have not been able to perform surgery on her neck. She’s in critical condition, but doctors said she’s responsive.

Eyewitness accounts said the girls, both from Roanoke, were parasailing Monday when their line snapped. Winds carried them toward a condo building, which they struck before landing in a parking lot.

Good had severe brain trauma, a fractured neck and a severe cut on her right leg. Fairchild had back surgery and was able to walk, though her parents said she was still in pain.