A teenage girl was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries earlier this month just hours after she handed in her final Year 11 assignment.
Indi was celebrating with a group of friends at Waste Point swimming spot south of Canberra on December 4 when she fell while trying to use a swing rope to plunge into the water.
Her mum, Belinda, told Daily Mail Australia she believes the cautious 17-year-old either “backed out or overestimated when to let go” and dropped onto the rocks below.
Indi was instantly knocked unconscious and her panicked friends called for help.
Emergency workers were unable to reach the teen because the pathway in to the Kosciuszko National Park to the swimming spot was too narrow.
A friend’s dad ended up carrying her to the paramedics.
Belinda told the publication Indi was rushed to Cooma Hospital before being airlifted to Canberra Hospital and undergoing surgery on her skull.
The mum, who was 45 minutes away at her work, immediately packed up and left as she frantically called relatives.
Indi woke up from her coma after one week and her first words to the doctor were if he “could please remove her neck brace,” Belinda wrote on her Facebook this week.
Despite fears, the teenager has not been paralysed but does appear to still be in a state of shock.
“I can't believe it. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. She's a beautiful, healthy, smart and caring girl - it's not fair for anyone, especially for someone so young,” Belinda told Daily Mail Australia.
The 44-year-old said they don’t know if Indi will suffer any permanent damage. She doesn’t remember the fall, but her scans look good.
“She remembered there was supposed to be a party the night she fell and was asking friends if they had a good time when she woke up, but she doesn't remember the accident,” she said.
Family have created a GoFundMe account to help pay for the teen’s medical costs and future rehabilitation.
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