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Florida girl injured on free fall ride in Lake Delton survives critical surgery

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Florida girl badly injured on a free fall ride at Extreme World in Lake Delton has survived a critical spinal surgery.

According to family, Teagan Marti, 12, underwent the surgery to repair multiple fractured vertebrae Monday at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison.  Teagan's sister Alexandra posted an update online saying "she did great".

Family members expect Teagan will be able to fully breathe on her own by the end of the week. Doctors said it was likely she would have some level of paralysis after the horrific fall on July 30, but Teagan can move fingers on both hands and can feel her feet.  

Teagan suffered serious internal injuries, including ten fractured vertebrae, but her spine was not severed, and she did not suffer any brain trauma.

The surgery comes ten days after Teagan fell 100 feet and hit the ground due to what authorities say was "operator error".   Workers at Extreme World in Lake Delton allowed her to "free fall" backwards on the Terminal Velocity ride, even though the net that was supposed to catch her, was still on the ground.

In an open letter, Teagan's parents and siblings thanked the many people, including strangers, who have offered thoughts and prayers since the accident.

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