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Teen sees friends for first time after skydiving accident

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The Joshua teenager who survived a skydiving accident in Oklahoma last Saturday is back in North Texas.  Makenzie Wethington is receiving treatment at The Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. 

Her family released a statement today, updating the teen's status:          

"Makenzie Wethington and her family have expressed their sincere appreciation for everyone's interest and support. Makenzie had a good first day of physical therapy and her mother, Holly, said she is very proud of her. The family is continuing to get settled and plans to share more information early next week." 

Makenzie was able to see a few of her friends today.  Mia Ybarra and Krista Woodard say it's the first time they've been able to see their friend since her skydiving accident last Saturday in rural Oklahoma.  Ybarra says seeing her friend for the first time was emotional.  "I was relieved to know that she's here, you know she's in Texas, I teared up a little bit, but you know that's your first instinct to tear up when you see your friend like that.  But I was happy to see her talking, breathing on her own, smiling, it's just heartwarming to know that she's doing good," said Ybarra. 

Krista Woodard says Makenzie was stunned to hear people around the world are buying T-shirts in support of her recovery.  Ybarra and Woodard helped launch the fundraising project. 

The teens say despite the near fatal accident, Makenzie is not willing to let go of her dreams of skydiving.  "She said that she would once she had, you know, someone with her that knew what they were doing and were able to go with her," said Woodard.

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