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UPDATE: Teagan Marti leaves UW Hospital for Florida facility

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MIAMI, FL (WKOW) -- One month ago, she fell 100 feet to the ground at a thrill ride in Wisconsin Dells.  Now Teagan Marti is recovering closer to home.

Marti spent more than a month in the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, but now she continues her recovery in a hospital in south Florida.

As first reported on wkow.com, the 12-year-old flew with her family to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, which is near her home in Parkland, Florida.

She fractured several vertebrae and suffered internal injuries when she was released from a freefall ride before a safety net was in place.

Marti will now be treated in an intensive care unit.

"Well she's doing a lot better," said Marti's father, Alex, speaking to reporters after the family's plane touched down in Miami.  "It was a horrible scene. It's been a long 30 days. We're just happy to be home. And she's a fighter. She's stable, but she's got a lot of injuries and it's going to take a long time for her to recover from all of them and we don't know what the future holds."

The ride operator, Charles Carnell, admitted he didn't follow safety protocols before he let Marti fall.  He faces a charge of first degree reckless injury.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Teagan Marti, the pre-teen Florida girl seriously hurt when allowed to free fall to a crash at a Lake Delton thrill ride, is being transported from UW Hospital to a Miami facility.

The Marti family attorney, Stuart Grossman, told WKOW27 News Marti is being flown to Florida and will be placed in a "pediatric ICU (intensive care unit)."

Since July, Marti has been treated at UW Hospital for injuries including spinal fractures.   Grossman and family members have said she can only communicate non-verbally.

Authorities said Marti, 12, was released on the Extreme World ride Terminal Velocity from a one hundred foot height before a landing net had been raised off the ground.

Ride operator Charles Carnell, 33, has been charged with the felony crime of reckless injury.   Authorities said Carnell claimed to have "blanked out" and ignored ride safety protocol.

Statement from UW Hospital:

Patient Teagan Marti left American Family Children's Hospital today and was transferred to another hospital closer to her home in Parkland, Florida. Teagan has been a patient at American Family Children's Hospital since July 30.   

Teagan's parents, Alex and Julie Marti, are grateful for the care given to Teagan as well as thoughts, prayers and gifts sent by people from all over the United States.

Visit WKOW.com and watch WKOW27 News at 5, 6, and 6:30 p.m. for this development in Teagan Marti's care.

 

27 News Continuing Coverage:

Release of thrill ride video blocked (September 2, 2010)

Teagan Marti's family sees small signs of improvement (August 20, 2010)

Teagan Marti's mom describes thrill ride accident scene (August 20, 2010)

Authorities: Extreme World did repairs in the middle of the night (August 20, 2010)

Teagan Marti, injured in Dells accident, making steady progress (August 14, 2010)

Florida girl injured on free fall ride in Lake Delton survives critical surgery (August 9, 2010)

Thrill ride operator under investigation, on leave (August 5, 2010)

Dells accident report goes to Sauk Co. D.A (August 6, 2010)

Thrill ride investigation nearly complete (August 4, 2010)

Facebook page offers prayers for Teagan Marti (August 4, 2010)

Lake Delton Police: Operator error suspected in child's thrill ride crash (August 2, 2010)

UPDATE: 12-year-old girl identified, in critical condition after Wis. Dells accident (July 30, 2010)

Florida girl critically hurt on thrill ride faces major surgery (August 3, 2010)

Thank you from Marti family (August 9, 2010)

Authorities: No thrill ride operator impairment; No blood tests (August 9, 2010)

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