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Teen survives 3,500 foot when parachute fails

Top news coming in to a warm San Francisco today is about a teen who survived a skydiving jump when her parachute did not open.

Teen survives 3,500 foot when parachute fails
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"It was the hand of God that saved her," says San Francisco resident, Alice Marshall

It was meant to be a birthday present for the Texas 16-year old but it went horribly wrong.

Mackenzie Wethington's parents had bought their daughter a sky-diving present. But the teen's parachute did not open and she dropped 3,500 feet. Amazingly she survived and didn't even need surgery.

She did suffer a lacerated liver and kidney, broken bones and a broken tooth, though.

She can give her parents written notes and doctors in Oklahoma say she is in good condition. Long-term effects, they say, should be few.

"I have no idea how she survived," one person tells Today.

It's a miracle, pure and simple, say experts. One witness suspects

"the teen somehow decreased her air speed and thus landed somewhat more softly—in other words, she was incredibly lucky. The teen was supposed to do a tandem jump with an experienced skydiver, but was told when she arrived that Pegasus Air Sports Center wasn't doing tandem jumps, so her first jump after six hours of training was on her own."

Continued in Part 2

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