A Kalama High School student who was pushed off of a bridge in north Clark County on Wednesday is out of the hospital, her mother said Monday, but she is still in pain and recovering from her injuries.
Jordan Holgerson, 16, was pushed off the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park after hesitating about jumping into the East Fork of the Lewis River on her own. Clad in a bikini, she fell more than 50 feet in a laid-out position, belly flopping into the water despite attempting to land toes-first.
Doctors have discovered a sixth broken rib in addition to the five broken ribs and two punctured lungs found when she was initially taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, her mother said Monday. Her daughter still is in “a lot of pain,” according to Genelle Holgerson, who said the family is “just taking it one step at a time.”
Holgerson said she still does not know how long it will take for her daughter to recover fully. A trauma surgeon at a press conference last week estimated it might take months.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that the suspect, a young woman, is cooperating fully with the investigation. The agency has not released her name and has declined to release any other information so far.
The incident was captured on video and posted to YouTube, which led to a sudden burst of reporting from national and international media. The original video was removed a day after it was posted, but other outlets have reposted it.
Genelle Holgerson said that dealing with the media attention has been difficult.
“For me, I don’t know that I’m doing so well, trying to get it to die down,” said Holgerson, a medical assistant at St. John Medical Center in Longview. “I’m just more worried about taking care of her. … But I think we’ll get through this.”