The 16-year-old girl who was left seriously injured after being pushed off a 60-foot bridge into a river by a friend has spoken out from hospital saying she could have easily died.
Jordan Holgerson suffered five broken ribs and a punctured lung after she plunged into Moulton Falls on the Lewis River in Yacolt, Washington on Tuesday.
The teenager spoke out from hospital on Thursday after the footage of her being pushed went viral.
‘I could have died, easily,’ she told reporters.
‘In midair, I think I might have blacked out,’ she told KOIN. ‘But I was aware and awake when I hit the water.’
Jordan said someone immediately swam out to rescue her after she hit the water.
She was then rushed to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington.
Genelle Holgerson, the girl’s mother, said Jordan suffered five cracked ribs and internal injuries. She also suffered a bruised esophagus, an injured trachea, air bubbles in her chest and a punctured lung.
‘She is lucky she is not paralyzed or dead,’ Holgerson told Thoroughbred Daily News.
‘She is alert but in pain and is very tired. We’re lucky she is going to recover and not have permanent injuries.’