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December 5, 2012

Penn State cheerleader who fell 5 stories expects to go home

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky teen who fell five stories out of an apartment window near Penn State University has recovered enough to go home.

The Courier-Journal reports doctors said they expect 19-year-old Paige Raque (RAH-kee) to be released on Wednesday from Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, where she has been recovering since Nov. 19.

Raque, who is a cheerleader at Penn State, fell from the window of an off-campus apartment on Oct. 13 during a party. She suffered brain trauma and broke her pelvis.

“The whole thing has been a challenge, and every day I have to push through it,” Raque told reporters Tuesday when she, her parents and Frazier Rehab’s medical director addressed reporters.

Raque said she is grateful for the support she has received from friends and family.

“I needed every single person that rallied behind me,” Raque said. “They pushed me through it.”

Raque said she doesn’t remember falling from the window. Her parents didn’t address the circumstances, but focused on her recovery.

“This has to be the best Christmas gift ever,” Tom Raque said.

Kaelin said recovering from such a traumatic injury isn’t easy.

“Her rehabilitation has been a testimony to her determination,” he said.

Raque said her next goal is to walk without a walker, and in the fall, she wants to return to Penn State.

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