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ONLOOKERS were horrified as they watched a 12-year-old girl plunge more than 100 feet to the ground in a haunting amusement park accident.

Teagan Marti’s parents were among park visitors who witnessed the 12-year-old plummet to the ground at Extreme World in Wisconsin.

Teagan Marti plunged from the ride Terminal Velocity at Extreme World in Wisconsin in 2010

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Teagan Marti plunged from the ride Terminal Velocity at Extreme World in Wisconsin in 2010Credit: YouTube
Her mother took pictures of Teagan smiling broadly before getting on the ride

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Her mother took pictures of Teagan smiling broadly before getting on the rideCredit: The American Family Children’s Hospital
Teagan's mom said that her daughter left the hospital a quadriplegic before a 'miracle' recovery

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Teagan’s mom said that her daughter left the hospital a quadriplegic before a ‘miracle’ recoveryCredit: AP

Riders are raised to the top of a platform and then unhooked, allowing the rider to free-fall at up to 52 miles per hour before hitting a safety net below.

Police said that the landing net was still fully on the ground during Teagan’s fall in 2010 so when she hit the net, it did not break her fall.

The owner of the theme park, Bill Anderson, told ABC News at the time that an “operator error” happened while the young girl was on the peak of the ride.

Charles Carnell, 33, was working at the Terminal Velocity attraction at the time of Teagan’s plunge.

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Carnell was supposed to release a safety net but failed to do so, cops said.

After the fall, Teagan suffered swelling in her brain and multiple severe fractures of her spine and pelvis.

Some medical professionals didn’t expect her to live through the night.

She also suffered lacerations to her liver, spleen, and intestines, and was put on a ventilator in critical condition.

Carnell was later charged with one count of first-degree-reckless injury, which was punishable by up 25 years in prison.

He told investigators that he “blanked out” and never saw the “all-clear” signal before releasing Teagan, media reported at the time.

He pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless injury in a deal with prosecutors, the Associated Press reported.

‘A miracle’

The girl’s mother, Julie Marti, told Fox News that her daughter could only communicate by blinking her eyes after the fall.

“I saw her fall. I ran to her,” Julie said at a news conference.

“She was bleeding out of her ears and mouth and nose.”

While her daughter was intubated at the hospital, her mother said: “Any little sign I take as a miracle.

“Squeezing my hand and then regaining some squeezing in her right hand. We don’t know what her deficits are going to be.

“We don’t know if she’s going to be paralyzed.”

In 2012, two years after the accident, Teagan strode across the lobby at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison using only a walker for support.

She started walking again after a grueling physical therapy schedule and even started to dabble in sports.

“Cognitively, she is all there,” her mother said.

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“She’s such a hard worker. … I know she’s just going to continue to get better and better.”

Teagan was later matched with a service dog in a touching ceremony captured on video by Fox 6.



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