San Diego woman injured parasailing needs life flight out of Mexico

Posted at 6:44 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 23:23:32-04

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO (KGTV) - Swelling at the base of a San Diego woman’s brain is making her situation more dire, according to her family.

Katie Malone was inured in a parasailing incident earlier in June when the apparatus she was in broke off from the boat.

Video shows her being wildly blown around in the parasailing apparatus before falling hundreds of feet to the ground.

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Instead of celebrating of her birthday, the 29-year-old has had several emergency surgeries to alleviate her condition, but her brother says her pituitary gland is making things worse.

“It’s sending false message to her kidneys and with certain degrees of this it becomes life threatening,” said Brendan Malone.

Katie did not have medical insurance for her trip, but fortunately a GoFundMe has helped her with much of the medical costs already.

“Things have been rocky,” said her brother, “but they’ve gotten better.”

Malone says doctors in Mexico urge that she be treated by specialists in the United States as soon as possible.

The family is hoping that the support  the GoFundMe will continue to grow to help the steep tab for a life flight to the states or that someone with access to a plane could help them.

“With the community of everyone out there, we could all get her home safely,” said Malone, ”we could all support her medical bills and needs for when she is getting back home in san Diego.”