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Old December 13th, 2005, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default Pregnant Skydiver Survives Face-First Fall

not something you see everyday in the headlines.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051213/...diver_s_plunge





SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. - Shayna Richardson was making her first solo skydiving jump when she had trouble with her parachutes and, while falling at about 50 mph, hit face first in a parking lot.

Although badly hurt, she survived — and doctors treating her injuries discovered she was pregnant. Four surgeries and two months later, Richardson said she and the fetus are doing fine.

"Just this last week we went and saw the doctor and we've got arms, we've got legs. We've got a full face. The baby is moving around just fine. The heart rate looks good. So not only did God save me but he spared this baby," she said.

Richardson, 21, of Joplin, Mo., was skydiving in Siloam Springs on Oct. 9 when her main parachute failed.

"I heard a snap and I started spinning and I didn't know why. I didn't know what to do to fix it. I didn't know how to make it stop," Richardson told Fort Smith, Ark., television station KFSM.

She cut away her primary chute so her reserve could deploy, but it didn't open all the way. She spun out of control, heading straight for the asphalt below.

"At the end I said, 'I'm going to die. I'm going to hit the ground. I'm going to die,'" she said. "I don't remember it. I don't remember hitting the ground. I don't remember the impact or anything that came with it."

Rescuers got her to a hospital in Fayetteville, where Richardson underwent surgery. She broke her pelvis in two places, broke her leg, lost six teeth and now has 15 steel plates.

"I went into the first surgery where they cut me from ear to ear and they cut my face down and they took out all the fractured egg-shelled bones and put in steel plates," Richardson said.

During treatment, doctors found that Richardson was pregnant, which was a surprise to her. She said she would not have jumped had she known.

"To hit the ground belly first — that's dangerous. I mean at any stage of pregnancy that's dangerous. That's not something you want to do let alone at 50 miles per hour," Richardson said.

Her fall was videotaped and Richardson said she was able to watch it, without qualms.

"I wanted to watch it," said Richardson. "And the whole reason I'm comfortable with watching it because I know how it ends."

Richardson said her due date is June 25. She plans to make her next parachute jump in August.

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Any skydivers out there know why she was only going 50mph. I went sky diving in ann arbor after graduating from highschool in the summer. I think you fall at around 120 mph or so if i recall. Did she have to have the little drone shute open to crash into the ground at only 50 mph ?

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Old December 13th, 2005, 04:26 PM   #2
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in the artical it said he had her back up shute partially depoyed and im guessing thats what slowed her down to 50 mph. that story is amazing tho.
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in the artical it said he had her back up shute partially depoyed and im guessing thats what slowed her down to 50 mph. that story is amazing tho.

ohh it said it didn't open all the way i just figured if it didn't open all the way how much can it really slow you down, if its all balled up the surface area of a tangled shute is like only 2-3 square feet. A really big dude would have more surface area than a small chic with a tangled shute. Thats what i figured. I only jumped once and it was like 8 years ago so i am no expert.
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Old December 13th, 2005, 04:35 PM   #4
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Why would you jump out of a good airplane????
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it says at the end, the whole thing was video taped. dont think that's a tape i would want in the family collection for the kid to see when hes 16 wondering why hes a little "different"
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AMAZING ,should name the baby Angel
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hmm, I bet that hurt
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AMAZING ,should name the baby Angel
I bet Corky would be more fitting
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There's gotta be easier ways to get rid of a baby then to do belly floppers out of airplanes.
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Why would you jump out of a good airplane????
Why would you turn off a perfectly good paved road and onto a trail?
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Thats the whole reason i bougt a jeep
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The pilot farted.
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why would you put blue flames on the front a of perfectly good jeep hood?:tonka:



(ps they dont bother me but since no one else beat ya up on that yet today:tonka: but it also invites the question why rip off perfectly good blue flames for orange and red ones? )

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I find that hard to believe someone could live through a fall like that hitting an asphalt parking lot face first.
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