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Kalama teen pushed from bridge released from hospital

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A Kalama teenager pushed off a Clark County footbridge has been treated and released from a Vancouver hospital, officials say.

Jordan Holgerson, 16, was pushed off the edge of a high bridge above the Lewis River at Moulton Falls Regional Park Tuesday.

A doctor Thursday said Holgerson fell at least 50 feet and hit the river below like a belly flop.

"This could have been horrible," MaryClare Sarff, a doctor at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, said. 'She could have died."

Sarff said people don't survive half the time when they fall 25 feet. 

Speaking to reporters from the hospital Thursday, Holgerson said she broke five ribs and had air bubbles in her chest.

She said she tried to minimize the impact as she fell.

“I was trying to push myself forward so I could be straight up and down so that my feet hit first, but that didn’t really work,” Holgerson said. “In the air, I think I might have fainted, but when I hit the water, I was definitely awake and aware.”

Holgerson won’t talk about who pushed her off the bridge due to an ongoing investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say they have identified the person, but so far, no charges have been filed. 

Going forward, doctors say Holgerson can’t do anything active for at least six weeks while her lungs and ribs heal. 

Holgerson's fall was captured on video and shared across social media. 

A sign posted on the bridge warns people not to jump or dive. Firefighters say people often ignore the sign. This summer, they say they have responded to four cases already, which is a new record.

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