Cienna Cook is in the hospital after a man jumped from a bridge and landed directly on her torso as she floated on the river below.
The 19-year-old Boise State University student was simply floating down the Boise River on Sunday when a 250-pound stranger jumped from the Baybrook bridge overhead.
Heidi Cook, Cienna's mother, said, "Imagine the worst punch in the gut you ever got by a guy who was falling from a distance of maybe twenty feet who was 250 pounds. And he landed possibly feet first right into your stomach. That’s a lot of pain."
The man reportedly apologized and ran out of the river, leaving other nearby floaters to tend to Cienna, who could not walk or catch her breath.
Heidi also said, "I guess it was a large group of guys and it was their idea of fun, to pick people as they were going down and they would just jump down and try and get as close to them as they could."
She continued, "That’s a very dangerous situation. She could have died in ways other than drowning. She could have had her organs rupture she could have had more internal bleeding and died."
Cienna's internal bleeding has stopped on its and and will not require surgery. She has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home.
Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help the family with medical costs.
The man has still yet to be identified, and no charges have been filed.
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