INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) One of the two teens injured in a parasailing accident in Florida has arrived in her home state of Indiana.
Alexis Fairchild, who suffered from brain and spinal injuries, left Florida on Thursday to drive to the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) in Indianapolis where she will enter her next phase of recovery.
Click on the video in this story to see extended interviews from Friday's press conference.
She will be getting at least three hours of therapy five days a week. She was scheduled to undergo a brain injury assessment on Friday. It is not known how long she be in inpatient care. Once she is released, there will be significant outpatient therapy.
Fairchild's father, Michael Fairchild, and Doctor Lisa Lombard said Alexis, who is currently in a back brace, was in good spirits but did not get much sleep last night after a 12 hour drive from Florida.
Dr. Lombard said Alexis will be getting the most intense rehabilitation at the facility. Treatment will include physical therapy, occupational therapy , speech therapy and neuropsychology treatment.
"I think she is very lucky given what has happened to her," Dr. Lombard said. "That was a devastating injury, I saw the video myself online. To fly into a building and have the fall that she had, she is very lucky."
According to Michael Fairchild, Alexis' back pain is currently an obstacle but doctors are doing the best they can to control the pain.
Doctors are optimistic that Alexis, an upcoming senior at Huntington North High School and a tennis player, will recover due to her being young and an athlete. The road to recovery, however, is still expected to be a long one.
Michael Fairchild expressed gratitude for all the well wishes and prayers from people all over the country. He said they even received messages from troops overseas. He asks that supporters keep the prayers coming while the girls recover.
Sidney Good remains at a hospital in Florida while she recovers from brain trauma and neck injuries. She will need to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair broken facial bones.
Parasailing accident in Florida
Good and Fairchild, were parasailing in high winds on Monday July 1 when the rope apparently broke from the boat, sending the girls flying out of control. Cell phone video shows the two hitting a balcony on a condo and careening over another building before crashing into an SUV in a parking lot.
Both underwent brain surgery on Monday, the night of the accident. Good continued to suffer brain trauma that prevented doctors from working on her broken neck for several days . Fairchild had another surgery on her head and back on Wednesday and by Thursday she was able to walk with the assistance of a walker.
Good had surgery to alleviate swelling of the brain and to remove a blood clot. A week after the parasailing accident that caused the injuries, doctors determined Good was finally stable enough for a surgery to repair her neck. The surgery went well and she had her ventilator removed the same day.
By Wednesday, Good was telling her parents that she felt bored and wanted to get up and move around. Family initially hoped she would begin walking soon but doctors decided it was too soon for her to move around. She will also need to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair broken facial bones.
Fairchild was able to move out of the ICU at this time and into a normal hospital room. She started twice-a-day rehabilitation sessions to help her return to normal movement.
On Thursday, ten days after the accident, Fairchild was released from the hospital and traveled to a hospital in Indianapolis where she will continue her rehabilitation.
Good remains in at a hospital in Florida.
From the family:
A benefit fund has been established to help with medical expenses at PNC Bank. You can deposit into the Good & Fairchild Benefit fund at any PNC Branch, or give online at: www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/tpm2/alexis-sidney
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