The families of the two 17-year-old girls from Indiana spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about Monday's tragic parasailing crash. One is still in critical condition, the other in serious but stable condition at Bay Medical Center.
The scene of the parasailing crash keeps replaying in Collin Good's mind. He was forced to watch helplessly as his sister, Sidney, and her friend, Alexis Fairchild, drifted toward a collision with a highrise condo.
"We jerked a little bit and sat there for about a minute or two and that's when the cable had snapped and i'd seen them going away. I was just in complete shock during all of that," said Collin Good.
The wind carried the girls toward the Commodore Condominiums on Thomas Drive. They hit the top railing on th roof, then tumbled over the side, hitting a power line before landing in a parking lot.
Both girls suffered head trauma. Sidney suffered a severe neck injury.
Alexis has a back injury. Sidney invited Alexis to join her family on this vacation, which is weighing on the Goods.
"This happened while we had her daughter and, you know, we couldn't do anything. All we could do was finally get in contact with them after this happened and, you know, be there for both of them," said Amy Good, Sidney's mother.
Three days after the incident, Alexis is improving.
"She was able to start walking and as soon as she had seen sid, she was in her room, wanting to hold her hand, then went around and back in her wheelchair again and wanted to go back to see her and sit with her for a bit," said Michael Fairchild, Alexis's Father.
Sidney's injuries are apparently more significant.
"For her to just be responding and all lifting a finger and actually being able to move is like walking to us," said Mrs. Good.
"Anytime we get a thumbs up or an acknowledgement to anybody. It's a shot of adrenaline to us," said Eric Good, Sidney's Father.
Doctors have been able to reduce the swelling in Sidney's brain and remove a blood clot. Doctors say her condition is not stable enough for her to undergo the surgery she needs to repair her broken neck.
NewsChannel 7 did ask both families if they had talked with the parasail operator, Aquatic Adventures. They said they had not, choosing instead to focus on the two girls.
Both families also released a third written statement:
“Our daughters, Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild, are still at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida recovering from a parasailing accident on July 1 however we have seen more progress from yesterday. Alexis was able to walk today with a walker and the assistance of a physical therapist and she walked into Sidney's room to visit. Sidney is still in critical condition, but we are seeing small signs of progress. She is able to open one of her eyes and communicate to us with nods and gestures. We truly can't say enough about the outpouring of kindness and concern we've received from so many.
For those who have so generously offered to help, we have set up a benefit fund with PNC Bank called the Good & Fairchild Benefit Fund. There are locations here in Panama City Beach and in nearby Lynn Haven as well as multiple locations at home in Indiana. To find a location near you, please visit www.pnc.com.
We are amazed at what the power of prayer is doing to help our families through this. Thanks to all who are out there thinking of and praying for us.”