With friends like these…. A 16-year-old girl has been hospitalized after she was pushed from a bridge. The group of teens were there to jump into the river below, but the girl was hesitant. That’s when one of her friends pushed her. The girl fell 60 feet to the water below and landed wrong. Now doctors say she is lucky to be alive.
Jordan Holgerson, 16, was near Moulton Falls on the Lewis River in Yacolt, Washington, to swim. The distance to the water below, though, was too much for her.
“No, I won’t go in,” Jordan said. Her peers were pressuring her to jump. Then one took ‘peer pressure’ literally and pushed her.
“Ready?” An adult woman behind her asks. Then she pushes her.
“Jordan suffered five cracked ribs and internal injuries after she was pushed off the bridge
The teen fell 60 feet into the water below, landing with a horrifying thud as her friends gasped,” The Daily Mail writes.
“Oh, that’s so f****d,” a voice says.
“In midair, I think I might have blacked out,” Holgerson told reporters. “But I was aware and awake when I hit the water.”
After her fall, someone swam out and pulled her from the water.The extent of her injuries was apparent, so they called an ambulance.
In addition to her rib injuries, Holgerson came away with a “bruised esophagus, an injured trachea, air bubbles in her chest, and a punctured lung.”
“She is lucky she is not paralyzed or dead,” the girl’s mother said. “She is alert but in pain and is very tired. We’re lucky she is going to recover and not have permanent injuries.”
The friend who pushed her has apologized.
“I could’ve died,” she said. “It could’ve ended a lot worse, is what I’m thinking about.”
“I’m very upset with her,” Holgerson’s mother said. “She is an adult, and I’m sure she should have known better.”