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Texas girl in Okla. hospital after skydiving fall

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 | 3:16 p.m.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 16-year-old Texas girl who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in a skydiving accident is recovering at an Oklahoma City hospital.

Jeffrey Bender, a trauma surgeon at OU Medical Center, says Makenzie Wethington was expected to be transferred out of the ICU Tuesday. The Joshua, Texas, girl is in good condition, despite multiple injuries, including to her liver, pelvis lumbar spine in her lower back, shoulder blade and several ribs.

Wethington's father says his daughter should not have been allowed by the Oklahoma skydiving company to perform the jump, even though Makenzie's parents signed off on letting her do it.

The skydiving company says it took Makenzie up only because it received parental approval.