Alexis Set To Be Released; Sidney Could Walk Soon (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

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July 8, 2013 Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (www.incnow.tv) - The Good and Fairchild families released an update on the condition of their daughters who were injured in the horrific parasailing accident early last week.

July 10 Update
"Alexis is doing well and can expect to be released in the next day or two. She will continue her rehabilitation at a hospital in Indianapolis. In the meantime, her rehabilitation sessions at Bay Medical continue twice a day to help her with walking and returning to normal movements. She still has severe back pain but continues to improve. Alexis has visited Sidney’s room several times and even ventured down to the gift shop for a little shopping.

"Sidney recognized Alexis yesterday and was visibly happy to see her when Alexis came to visit. Sidney continues to improve following Monday’s surgery at Bay Medical Center to repair the neck injury she sustained in the July 1 parasailing accident in Panama City Beach. She began to eat soft foods yesterday and was able to feed herself. Another positive development yesterday was when Sidney told her parents she was bored. She wants to get up and move around, and we are hopeful she will be able to begin walking tomorrow. Sidney will need to wear a neck brace for several weeks as she heals.

"We would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers. We feel your prayers and they are working. We also want to extend our sincerest appreciation to everyone back home for all they are doing for our girls."

July 9 Update
"Today Sidney underwent surgery at Bay Medical Center to repair the neck injury she sustained in last Monday’s parasailing accident here in Panama City Beach. We are glad to report that the early morning surgery went well. Sidney will need to wear a neck brace for weeks to come as she heals. Her ventilator has been removed and she is breathing fine on her own and talking (softly) with family and caregivers. Another important victory, Sidney’s pupils are showing response now. This is a good sign that the swelling in her brain is subsiding.

Alexis continues to improve and has been moved from intensive care into a normal hospital room and her rehabilitation sessions have increased to twice a day to help her with walking and returning to normal movements.

We would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support as well as the entire Bay Medical Center staff for the outstanding care they are providing. Lastly, we cannot express our sincerest appreciation to everyone back home for all they are doing for our girls."

Previous Reports

Governor Mike Pence speaks in Huntington on Wednesday during the 18th Freedom on Main patriotic concert to show his support for the two young girls from Roanoke who were injured in a parasailing accident.

"Our daughters, Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild, are still in critical condition at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida from a parasailing accident on July 1. Both girls sustained head trauma as well as multiple severe lacerations. Alexis has severe back injuries and Sidney has neck trauma. However, we are fortunately seeing some positive signs from both Sidney and Alexis. Sidney has been responsive to caregivers and has been able to use small movements to communicate including a thumbs up for her parents. Alexis had surgery [Wednesday] on her spine and has also been responsive including a small wave at her parents when she returned from surgery."

"Our families are incredibly touched by all the support we've received from friends at home and from many people we haven't met before who are praying for our girls. While the situation is still critical we are encouraged by these very small signs of progress. We have heard from so many generous people who have offered to help and we are working to establish a fund for the medical care of both Sidney and Alexis. We will have more information on that to come. Thank you again to all who are thinking of and praying for our girls. Your prayers are working! "

Two Huntington North High School seniors were hospitalized Tuesday night, after a frightening para sailing accident in Florida.

Eyewitness accounts of the accident painted a frightening scenario.

Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good, both 17, were getting ready Monday for a dream adventure.

Alexis tweeted hours before the accident, "Going paraceling with @SidneyGood !! #FreakingOut #Pumped."

But when the ride was over, they were rushed to a Panama City hospital. They'd endured a living nightmare.

"It was traumatic, it was hard," Doug Mador, an eyewitness to the crash, tells ABC affiliate WMBB-TV. "I mean, it was hard to watch, something you'll never forget,” said one of dozens of witnesses who watched during stormy weather as a parasail carrying the girls broke free from the boat that was pulling it, sending the girls into a dangerous out of control spiral."

Rick McGee, who owns property near the accident, also saw the whole thing.

"These two little girls were just screaming bloody murder," McGee says. "I could see they were going to contact the condo, and they did strike it on the gulf side."

After striking the building 13 floors up, Alexis and Sidney hit power lines, and plummeted into the condominum parking lot.

Messages sent through Sidney's family members indicate both girls suffered significant head and internal injuries.

"We are very grateful for the love and support that we've received from family and friends at home as well as many people here in Panama City who have assisted us," the Fairchild and Good families said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon by Bay Medical Center in Panama City. "We ask for privacy at this time as we focus on Alexis and Sidney."

The hospital lists both Alexis and Sidney in critical condition. Meanwhile, friends and family are anxious in trying to keep up with the tragedy hundreds of miles away.

"Huntington is very much a faith based community," says Tracey Shafer, superintendent of Huntington County Community Schools Corporation. "I know there will be a tremendous outpouring and support for both of these young ladies and their families."

"There were people praying at the Café of Hope last night," classmate Sarah Johnson says. "There were so many people praying and just coming together; all for those families and I think that's wonderful."

A vigil was held Tuesday afternoon at Life Church in Huntington to pray for Sidney's and Alexis' recoveries.

"It didn't seem real," Kayla Jojola, a friend of both girls, says. "How could you people I know go through something that bad? It all just felt like a dream. I can't even describe it. You always hear about that stuff, and you don't think it will ever happen to you. And when it does you just can't believe it. It's so unreal."

Benefit Fund:

A benefit fund has been established to help with medical expenses at PNC Bank. You can deposit into the Good & Fairchild Benefit fund at any PNC Branch, or give online at: www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/tpm2/alexis-sidney

Servers at JD's Restaurant and Bar in Huntington will be donating any tips they get Tuesday, July 9, from 3-9 p.m. to the benefit fund for Sidney and Alexis. Patrons can also donate directly to the fund and raffles have been set up with all the proceeds going to the fund.

A collection has been set-up by Alex Overby, a friend of the girls, to help the families pay for medical expenses.

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