By Hilary White
JOPLIN, December 14, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) -Â First the main chute failed – that was at 10,000 feet – then the reserve chute wouldn’t open. At that moment, Shayna Richardson, 21, started praying.Â
“As soon as I looked up and saw I had a bad reserve canopy, I said, ‘God, I’m ready to go home if you’re ready for me, but please don’t make it hurt,’” she said.
“I heard a snap and I started spinning and I didn’t know why. I didn’t know what to do to fix it. I didn’t know how to make it stop,” Richardson said.
It is estimated that she hit the ground, face first, at 50 mph. She said the impact “eggshelled” her face and broke her pelvis and fibula. What she did not know at the time, however, was that she was pregnant at the time of the accident. Richardson said that she would not have jumped had she known she was pregnant.
Doctors discovered that she was two weeks along on the day of the jump, October 9. After surgery and 16 days in hospital, both Richardson and her baby are recovering and Richardson hopes to return to skydiving after the birth, which is expected in June.