When you fall off the plane, you've just got to get back on the saddle. (via Facebook)
Teenagers, as we all know, believe they are invincible. Oftentimes, this ends in tragedy due to their recklessness, but don't tell any of them about 16-year-old Makenzie Wethington, because she may actually be indestructible. Always a daredevil, Makenzie convinced her family to go to Oklahoma for a weekend skydiving trip, because Oklahoma allows minors to participate in skydiving with their parents' permission. The important thing you need to know is that Makenzie went on a solo jump (more on that later), tangled her parachute and blacked out before being able to deploy a backup parachute, and fell almost 3500 feet to the ground before hitting the grass. She broke her back and her pelvis, injured her liver and damaged some teeth. Which is pretty great, considering she should have been very dead.
Maybe if her grades were lower she would have been safely grounded.
What's craziest of all is that she's making a recovery, which doctors expect to be total. TOTAL. She's talking already, and she's also walking:
You just fell out of a plane. Why do you look better than I do at 8am on any given morning?
(via Makenzie's Update/Prayer Page on Facebook)
Not content to simply make AMAZING MEDICAL HISTORY, Makenzie has her sights set higher. Specifically, on getting a shout-out from Ellen DeGeneres, whose show Makenzie watches avidly. Makenzie hasn't actually spoken to the press at all, but she definitely wants to speak to Ellen (who is probably the exact right host for this job).
Aren't you supposed to wait a week after falling out of a plane before becoming really, really
good at social media as well? Might pull something. (via Facebook)
Now, to get down to the nitty gritty of who fell out of what when, you can watch the family's press conference here. Naturally, because everyone thinks they know everything, a lot of people are trying to assign blame. I, on the other hand, only know that A.) her parents claim there was some confusion about whether Makenzie was signing up for a tandem jump (strapped to an instructor) or a solo jump (which is what she did), and B.) this is how her sister Meagan described the jump on Facebook:
Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was your skydiving trip?
I'm just really glad that everyone is ok. You can read more about the story here. And remember: don't tell teenagers about Makenzie Wethington. We don't want them getting ideas.
(by Johnny McNulty)