The 19-year-old female Penn State student that fell five stories out of a Calder Commons apartment window remains in critical condition, but has been seen with her eyes open and has been moving more frequently, family spokesman Randy Jepson said.
Paige Raque, a Penn State varsity cheerleader, sustained severe head trauma and other injuries after falling 39 feet out of a fifth floor of Calder Commons window late at night Oct. 13, as previously reported. The State College Police Department said the fall was deemed accidental but it is still under investigation.
Jepson said Raque is doing better than before, and has been taken off a ventilator and is breathing on her own. Jepson said that while Raque is not fully cognitive yet, she is more alert now.
Jepson said Raque responded positively when her family played her the Penn State Fight Song. Jepson said when the song was played, Raque’s heart rate went up and she began moving slightly more.
“We received an encouraging report from the doctor and we will hopefully see steady landmarks soon,” Jepson said. “Its gonna be a week-to-week and month-to-month basis. Any brain injury situation is more long term and progress can’t be seen day-to-day.”