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Florida girl critically hurt on thrill ride faces major surgery

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Girl's father, Alex Marti of Parkland, Fla., and his lawyer, Stuart Grossman Girl's father, Alex Marti of Parkland, Fla., and his lawyer, Stuart Grossman
Teagan Marti Teagan Marti
Teagan Marti Teagan Marti

MADISON (WKOW) -- The father of the 12-year-old girl severely injured after a free fall ride accident in Wisconsin Dells says it's a miracle she is alive.

Teagan Marti's dad says she's likely to be paralyzed.

Her father, Dr. Alex Marti of Parkland, Fla., and his lawyer, Stuart Grossman, spoke at a news conference Tuesday morning at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison.

Marti says his daughter faces major surgery. Teagan has multiple fractures in her back and neck but her spinal cord was not severed in the accident. She is beginning to move her hands and communicate through eye movements. Marti says it's a miracle she has no major injuries to the brain.

Marti said he was videoing his daughter on the ride, and when he saw her fall he fell to the ground, "I thought she was dead."

Teagan's father says he and his wife have been sleeping in Teagan's hospital room by her side.

He said, "My wife is still extremely devastated. "

"We are still worried because she still has a long road in front of her."

Investigators say operator error is to blame for the accident. Police say a net used to break a 100-foot fall on the Terminal Velocity ride at Extreme World was not in place when Teagan was dropped from the aerial platform Friday.

Marti say his family will sue Extreme World. The Sauk County District Attorney will decide if the operator will face criminal charges.

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