Teen Who Was Pushed From 60-Foot Bridge Speaks Out From Hospital

The teenage girl who was left seriously injured after being pushed off a 60-foot bridge into a river by a 'friend' has spoken out from a hospital wheelchair saying she 'could have died, easily'.

Jordan Holgerson, 16, told KOIN: "In the air I think I might have fainted. But I hit the water I was definitely awake and aware. I couldn't breathe so that was all I was really thinking about.

"I have five broken ribs, there's air bubbles in my chest. I could have died, easily."

The teen was shoved off a bridge into Moulton Falls on the Lewis River in Yacolt, Washington on Tuesday.

According to the MailOnline, Jordan said someone immediately swam out to rescue her after she hit the water.

She was then rushed to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Centre in Vancouver, Washington.

Credit: KATU
Credit: KATU

Genelle Holgerson, the girl's mother, said that as well as the broken ribs and punctured lung, her daughter also suffered a bruised esophagus, an injured trachea and air bubbles in her chest.

She told Thoroughbred Daily News: "She is lucky she is not paralysed or dead. She is alert but in pain and is very tired. We're lucky she is going to recover and not have permanent injuries."

It is not clear how long Jordan will remain in hospital but she is expecting to be in pain for around six weeks.

Credit: KATU
Credit: KATU

The ordeal which was captured on video went viral after the incident took place.

Jordan can be seen with her friends on the ledge of the bridge and as pals start counting down from three, she can be heard saying: "No, I won't go in," another person said: "Well, she's saying no".

As Jordan looks down as if to decide whether to jump or not, and one man asks 'ready?' suddenly a female friend is seen shoving Jordan from the bridge.

The MailOnline reported that the youngster plunged into the water below and landed with a horrifying thud as her friends gasped.

Credit: KATU 2
Credit: KATU 2

Jordan has explained that the pusher has since said sorry, but that apologies are not enough.

Jordan's sister, Kaytlin, said she confronted the friend on social media.

Kaytlin added: "Friends don't push someone from that high so I was pissed.

"She pretty much said that she was sorry for doing it and she wouldn't have done it if she knew the outcome of it and that she knows it was an absurd thing to do.

"I think the girl that pushed her should have some sort of consequence because you won't learn your lesson if you think you can could do that again and think it will be fine."

Featured Image Credit: KOIN

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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