'I'm in a lot of pain': Teen who broke five ribs after being pushed off 60ft bridge by a friend wants to press charges
The 16-year-old says she is 'kind of got mad' because she is now unable to breathe owing to her injuries and the rest of the summer 'is gone'
The teenager who was pushed off a 60ft Moulton Falls Bridge in Washington earlier this month by her friend leaving her with broken ribs and other injuries says she wants the girl who pushed her to "sit in jail" for what she did, according to reports.
The family of 16-year-old girl Jordan Holgerson had initially said that their daughter did not want to see her close friend, 18-year-old Taylor Smith, go to prison or face charges. The family had also added that Smith had apologized for the incident, which occurred on August 7.
However, Jordan now feels that her friend's apologies are not enough. The teenager has changed her stance as she is on her way to recovery at home.
The incident came to light when the footage of the incident, recorded by a friend of the victim's, went viral showing Jordan hesitating from jumping down the bridge as she says, "No, I won't go in". She can be heard saying "no" a second time when Smith suddenly pushes her. Jordan hit the water several seconds after with a loud thud. Someone behind the camera can be heard saying:"Oh, that's so f****d".
Jordan, while talking to Today, said: "Now that I've thought about it more, I'm kind of wanting her to sit in jail and think about at least what she did."
"I had five broken ribs, and we just found out I have another broken rib, and I had punctured lungs. I'm in a lot of pain. In the mornings, it's the worst. It hurts to breathe, my side hurts, my shoulder hurts, I can't even get up," Jordan continued.
She added that she has "kind of got mad" at Smith because now, owing to her injuries, the rest of the summer "is gone".
"I'm probably going to be recovering for the rest of the school year," she added.
The investigation into the case has been finished and the Clark County Sheriff's Office has reportedly forwarded the case to the prosecutor's office for "appropriate charging." Smith has been cooperating with the probe, according to authorities.
Watch: 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson was on the bridge's edge, but she started to change her mind. She was going to back out. Then, a friend pushes her off the bridge, sending her 60 feet into the water below. She's now in the hospital with 5 broken ribs. https://t.co/KJMTMlrq5N pic.twitter.com/dC2XLJjAzD— KOIN News (@KOINNews) August 9, 2018
Jordan, in addition to her multiple broken ribs and punctured lungs, is also recovering from a bruised esophagus, an injured trachea, and air bubbles in her chest, reports state. Doctors have said that it could take Jordan months to recover completely and added that the water would have been "like concrete" considering the distance she fell from.
Jordan, in an earlier interview at the hospital, had said that she thought she might have "blacked out" midair and gained consciousness when she hit the water.
"I could have died, easily," she told the reporters from her hospital bed two days after the incident.