Ind. teen hurt in parasailing crash stays positive

Alexis Fairchild (left) and Sidney Good (right)

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) – An Indiana teenager who survived a horrific parasailing crash in Florida that was captured on home video says she’s staying positive despite lingering effects of her injuries.

Seventeen-year-old Alexis Fairchild of Huntington and friend Sidney Good of Roanoke were critically injured last July when 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.

Fairchild told the “Today” show Thursday that she remembers almost everything about the crash that left her with broken bones in the upper part of her spine, a skull fracture and a brain injury.

She’s undergone multiple surgeries and has to relearn basic tasks such as brushing her teeth. But she says she’s keeping a positive outlook. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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