Benefit held for local woman injured in parasailing accident in Mexico

Posted at 9:57 PM, Oct 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 01:05:04-04

GASLAMP QUARTER (KGTV) - A benefit was held Sunday night for a local woman injured in a parasailing accident in Mexico. 

On June 9th, Katie Malone was in Puerto Vallarta to celebrate her 29th birthday when tragedy struck. According to a local newspaper, Malone was parasailing when the rope tethered to a boat somehow broke and left her flying through the air.

Malone crash-landed at an airport and suffered a fractured skull, fractured pelvis, broken ribs, a collapsed lung and other injuries. Donations helped pay for her treatment and life flight from Mexico back to San Diego. She spent about a month in the hospital. 

For the past few months, Malone has been in physical therapy and working to get stronger everyday. She says she is a year ahead of schedule.

"When it first happened, I just wanted to move forward and not dwell on things," Malone said. "I would do physical therapy and in between physical therapy I would do homework they gave me to do."  

Malone is extremely thankful to family and friends who have been there for her and helped her move forward.

Sunday night's benefit was held at "Tin Roof" in the Gaslamp Quarter. The benefit was to raise money for Malone's medical bills.

Malone said she might go parasailing again, but not anytime soon.