Girl in 100-Foot Carnival Ride Fall Finally Goes Home

Teagan Marti, 13, spent three months in hospital after terrifying drop

By Brian hamacher
|  Friday, Oct 29, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM EDT
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Parents Talk About Daughter's Frightful 100-Foot Fall

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Teagan Marti just before she plunges from Terminal Velocity ride.

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Parents Talk About Daughter's Frightful 100-Foot Fall

Teagan Marti is back in South Florida after a horrific fall from a Wisconsin carnival ride.
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The South Florida girl who fell about 100 feet to the ground in a Wisconsin amusement park ride has finally gone home after she was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital Friday, hospital officials said.

Teagan Marti, 13, suffered serious injuries when she fell from the Terminal Velocity ride during a trip to the Extreme World amusement park in Wisconsin Dells on July 30.

She hit the ground in the free-fall ride after nets and air bags that were supposed to catch riders were not raised. Doctors have said she suffered numerous injuries to her brain, spine, liver and other organs and may be paralyzed.

After a month at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Marti was transferred to Jackson, where she's spent the past two months.

The ride operator who let Marti hit the ground, Charles Carnell, has been charged with felony reckless injury. He also revealed to police that he had smoked marijuana just days before the incident took place.

If convicted, he faces 25 years in prison.

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