Entries in Brain Injury (3)


Penn State Cheerleader Critical After Fall

File photo. Hemera/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.) -- The Penn State community is rallying around a cheerleader who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling five stories from an apartment building.

Paige Raque, 19, fell 39 feet out of the window of an off-campus apartment building on Saturday, State College police said.

The fall appears to be accidental, authorities said, but they are investigating.

Raque’s family is taking her recovery day by day, said Randy Jepson, the Penn State men’s gymnastics coach and family spokesperson.

“[On Tuesday] she had a busy day with some movement and could open her eyes,” he said. “Today she was much more sedate. The doctor said she’s resting today.”

Jepson said he couldn’t “speculate on the details” of how Raque fell.

Raque, who is from Louisville, Ky., attends Penn State University with her older brother, Parker, who is captain of the men’s gymnastics team.

“I just know that God is going to heal my sister/bestfriend in due time,” Parker tweeted. “He loves his children and is the almighty healer, she’s in Gods hands.”

At a press conference on Tuesday, Penn State football head coach Bill O’Brien said he planned to call the Raque family.

“My heart goes out to Paige and her family and I feel terrible about that,” O’Brien said. “When I get back over there I’ll make some calls and make sure that their family understands.”

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Woman Injured by Dropped Shopping Cart; Youths Charged

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A New York woman is recovering from critical injuries she suffered when she was struck by a shopping cart that was dropped four stories, allegedly by two 12-year-old boys.

Marion Salmon Hedges was shopping for Halloween candy with her 13-year-old son Sunday when she was injured by the falling cart outside of a shopping center in East Harlem. According to ABC station WABC-TV in New York, Hedges, a real estate broker, remains in critical but stable condition at the Harlem Hospital Center.

Police said the two suspects threw the cart from a walkway on the East River Plaza parking garage. The New York Post reports that when the cart initially got stuck, one suspect went back and pushed it again, sending the cart plummeting four stories to the sidewalk.

In addition to working as a broker at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Hedges works with multiple charities and acts as a board member for the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Youth Center, which has an outpost in a school behind the shopping center where Hedges was injured.

The executive director of the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Youth Center, Wanda Wooten, said she was shocked when she learned that Hedges was in critical condition.

"We were just together at an event on Friday night. She was there with her daughter, trying on shoes, and having a good time," Wooten said.

Wooten described Hedges as being a "high-energy person" who gives "110 percent" and cares about the community.

"I always said [to her]. 'I don't know how you do the things you do,'" Wooten said. "[She] would just say 'That's the way I like to do things -- I can't imagine not being involved.'"

Wooten was especially troubled by the fact that the two 12-year-old suspects were the kind of youths the center often works with.

"I suspect it was a prank that went terribly, terribly wrong," Wooten said. "Young children don't have the best judgment. They don't understand consequences."

Martin Hedges, Marion Hedges' husband of 20 years, told the New York Post Tuesday that his family was "going through a rough time." According to the Post, the Halloween candy Hedges was buying was for a neighborhood block party.

"Every year on Halloween, a 1,000 kids come to our block from less-privileged neighborhoods and we spend $500 to $600 on candy for them and that's what she was doing -- buying candy for those kids to do something nice for the community," he told the Post.

The two youths arrested were charged Tuesday as juveniles with assault and criminal possession of a weapon and then remanded to the custody of the Administration of Children's Services.

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Giffords Making 'Continuous Neurologic Improvement,' Doctors Say

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- When Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head two months ago, many wondered if she would survive. On Friday, Giffords' doctors said her condition is continually improving.

"She's clearly saying words she wants. She's starting to string words together," said Dr. Dong Kim. "She can repeat anything we say to her."

"Her memory is good," Kim said. "Her personality -– she is doing spectacularly well."

Medical experts at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston said Giffords has made tremendous progress.

"She has had continuous neurologic improvement and has allowed us to challenge her more in the therapy program," Dr. Gerard Francisco said Friday in the first public update on Giffords' condition in six weeks.

Doctors said that both they and the congresswoman's husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, have explained to Giffords the circumstances of her hospitalization.

Arrangements are being made for Giffords to attend next month's launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, set to be piloted by her astronaut husband.

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