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JOSHUA (CBSDFW.COM) - The Joshua teenager badly hurt in a skydiving accident over Oklahoma is returning to North Texas to continue therapy.

Nearly one week ago, Makenzie Wethington and her father drove to Oklahoma, so she could celebrate her 16th birthday by skydiving.

The Wethingtons say their daughter’s parachute didn’t work properly – and she tumbled 3500 feet to the ground.

When Makenzie hit, she broke her pelvis, vertebrae, and suffered internal bleeding. To everyone’s amazement, she survived.

She was rushed to OU Medical center, where for the last week she’s been treated around the clock as her injuries set in to heal.

“She’s in constant pain. It hurts her to talk. We don’t make her. She does sign language to tell us what she wants,” said Holly Wethington, Makenzie’s mother.

Holly and Joe Wethington don’t know if it will take weeks or months for Makenzie to fully recover, but her progress has exceeded expectations.

She managed to stand and walk to the bathroom on more than one occasion.

“She sets her goals higher every time the nurses come in there. She does not want to lay in that bed. She wants the brace off,” Holly Wethington said.

Doctors have released her from OU Medical Center and she was transported back to an undisclosed outpatient therapy center in the DFW area, Friday afternoon.

Makenzie’s mother road with her, helping they’d make the trip without her daughter in too much pain.

Meanwhile, Makenzie’s friends at Joshua High School are gathering donations to go to her medical treatment.

They’ve taken close to 2,000 orders for “Makenzie Strong” t-shirts, with $6 from each $10 shirt going to her fund. They’ve taken in orders from people around the world.

Students also sold cookies, brownies and cupcakes for $.50 over the lunch period on Friday, collecting more than $150 for their friend.

“She’s very aware and sends me texts with ‘Thank you. I love you. Keep doing this’,” said Mia Ybarra, Makenzie’s best friend.

The basketball team and cheerleaders also wore the pink Makenzie shirts before the Friday night game at JHS.

Mia says Makenzie is aware of the efforts at her high school, appreciates everything.

“She’s keeping her head up high and fighting through all of this. Showing that even in the hardest times, she’s being positive,” said Mia.

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