January 27th, 2014
05:17 AM ET

Parasailing Survivor Speaks Out

Back in July, Alexis Fairchild and her friend Sidney Good were parasailing in Florida when their tow line snapped and wind gusts slammed them into two buildings and power lines, sending them crashing into a parked car. Incredibly, both girls survived, but received traumatic injuries.

Speaking to anchor Kate Bolduan on "New Day" Monday, Fairchild spoke about her recovery in a positive way.

"I'm doing really good," she said. "I have had set backs but for the most part I'm on the road to recovery because all my surgeries are done."


Fairchild said she never wants to see the video of the accident and she doesn't like to think about it.

"I have really bad nightmares and the doctor doesn't think it's good for me physically or mentally to bring it up."

When her parents were asked, how has this changed your family, her father Mike replied:  "In a sense it's brought us closer, you know. And we've learned to deal with a lot of stuff. I mean, the day you walk in, trying to hold back tears, let her know you're there for her. Until now. It's amazing."

If you would like to learn more about Fairchild's petition to the Florida state legislature to enact more commercial parasailing safety requirements – see HERE


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  1. Johno54

    I thought that the video was about the interview that you had with this family this morning. I would love to watch this interview again as it caught my attention on the fly.

    January 27, 2014 at 9:22 am | Reply
  2. annonymous

    My heart and best wishes go out to that young woman and her family. No person should ever have to go through something like that! As a parent myself I can't imagine walking that path. That being said, I completely disagree with them suing the companies for negligence. If you have enough presence of mind now looking back on the situation to know that the weather conditions were horrible all day, then why did you allow your child to go??? People need to stop blaming others for their poor decisions!

    January 27, 2014 at 8:44 am | Reply

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