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Huntington teen out of hospital from parasailing crash

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) — One of the two northern Indiana teenagers badly hurt in a Florida parasailing crash is out of the hospital nearly a month after the accident.

The parents of 17-year-old Alexis Fairchild say she was released Tuesday from an Indianapolis hospital and returned to the family's Huntington home.

Fairchild faces another surgery in a couple months, along with outpatient physical and speech therapy, her parents said in a statement. Her injuries included broken bones in the upper part of her spine, a skull fracture and a brain injury.

"Our daughter still has a long road to recovery," Michael and Angela Fairchild said.

Fairchild and 17-year-old friend Sidney Good of Roanoke were hurt July 1 after a rope tethering them to a boat snapped and strong winds slammed them into a condominium building, a power line and a parked car at Panama City Beach.

The Coast Guard has said severe weather and the boat's proximity to shore were major factors in the accident.

Good was moved to an Indianapolis rehabilitation hospital last week after surgery for facial fractures.

Both girls were hospitalized in critical condition in the days after the accident but recovered enough to be transferred to Indianapolis a couple weeks later.

"Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for all the prayers and support we have received from around the world," the Fairchilds said. "We would like to thank those who have arranged fundraising events and upcoming blood drives and motorcycle rides in our hometown in honor of our daughter and Sidney Good."