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Parents of skydiving accident survivor say teen making progress

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A Joshua teenager who survived a skydiving accident is making good progress in her recovery.

Makenzie Wethington's parents spoke to the media on Monday at the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas. The rehab facility is where the 16-year-old Joshua High School student is working to get back to full strength.

"I just kept saying, ‘Please don't be Mackenzie, please don't be Makenzie,'" said Joe Wethington, Makenzie's father.

The Joshua teen's first parachute jump on Jan. 25 landed her in the hospital with several broken bones and major internal injuries after her family members say her primary parachute didn't open properly.

Doctors said Makenzie's recovery is nothing short of remarkable. The teen walked the farthest she had since her accident on Monday, about 80 feet.

Doctors said getting up out of bed and working on endurance is what Makenzie is currently working on.

They expect Makenzie to make a full recovery. They say it's hard to say exactly how long she'll have to stay in rehab, but they imagine it will probably be several weeks before she's allowed to go home.

Makenzie's family said the teen is aware of the support she's getting from friends and she appreciates everything they're doing. Classmates are selling pink "Makenzie Strong" shirts to show support and raise money for the family.

"It's amazing the things the school is doing for her. The pep rally, as soon as she got pictures sent to her, it put a smile on her face," said Holly Wethington, Makenzie's mother.

Makenzie has three hours of therapy per day and is expected to be at the facility for a few weeks.         

The family does not have insurance and costs for now are being covered by a charity care fund the hospital has access to.

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