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JOSHUA, TEXAS (CBSDFW) - The sister of Makenzie Wethington says she is making remarkable progress, after a serious skydiving accident.

Meagan Wethington says her 16-year-old sister is tweeting and texting from her hospital bed at OU Medical Center.

On Saturday, Makenzie was celebrating her birthday by skydiving, when she hit the ground after falling 3500 feet.

Makenzie's father was with her for her first time jump. Joe Wethington says he and his daughter went through a six hour training course before heading up in the plane.  Wethington jumped first, and watched his daughter from the ground.  He saysMakenzie's parachute only partially opened, and became tangled.  Wethington says his daughter tried to pull the backup chord but was too close to the ground.

The Joshua High School sophomore suffered a broken pelvis, broken vertebrae, and suffered internal bleeding, but doctors say she will recover.

Makenzie's sister, Meagan says her sibling is strong, and making a remarkable recovery, despite the odds.

"Number one, we didn't think she'd survive. The whole first 24 hours, we were in the consultation room. We thought she was not going to get through it, but all the bleeding stopped and she's pushing her way through," said Meagan.

Meagan says doctors at OU Medical Center told the family Makenzie's internal bleeding has stopped.  She says her sister will likely undergo surgery in the coming days, before she can transfer back to a North Texas hospital.

"She's very thankful," Meagan says of her sister's emotions.

At Joshua High School, Makenzie's friends are praying for a speedy recovery and helping raise funds for her rehabilitation.

Her close friends, Mia, Danielle and Allison designed t-shirts that read, "How Strong Are You? Makenzie Strong."

"My heart dropped. It's like time stopped," Mia says of when she heard the news of the accident.

The shirts are selling for $10, and all the profits will go to her family.  They've already sold hundreds to students, staff, and the greater community.

"People need to hear about this and realize how strong Makenzie is. I can't imagine what was going through her head at the time," said Allison.

Danielle had a message for her friend, hoping they'll see her soon.

"Makenzie, stay in there. Stay strong. We all love you, and can't wait to see your face," Danielle said.

Makenzie's friends have also established a Facebook page for her and they're getting interest and contributions from as far away as Louisiana.

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