Victim in parasailing accident gives first interview

PANAMA CITY, FL (WFLX) - A young survivor of a terrifying parasailing accident is speaking out for the first time.

The Indiana teenager was parasailing in Panama City last summer when disaster struck. Doctors feared 17-year-old Alexis Fairchild would never walk again after she and her friend, Sidney Good, almost died.

The tow line to the boat snapped, and gusting winds slammed the girls into a 13-story building. Then, the two hit power lines before plummeting to the ground smashing into a parked car.

Alexis suffered a traumatic brain injury. She's had three cranial surgeries. She now reads at a fourth grade level; however, math is even more difficult.

Alexis' parents have since learned parasailing is unregulated in Florida.

Alexis' friend is also dealing with a brain injury.

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