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Paige Raque Expected to Return Home Within a Week to Continue Rehab After 39-Foot Fall

by on November 16, 2012 2:38 PM

Paige Raque, the Penn State cheerleader who fell 39 feet out of an off-campus apartment window last month, is headed home to a Louisville-area rehab center to continue recovering from a serious brain injury and broken pelvis.

Raque, 19, recently regained her ability to speak and will continue cognitive and occupational therapy at home within a week, said Randy Jepson, Penn State’s men’s gymnastics coach who is serving as the Raque family spokesman.

On Thursday, Raque’s brother, Parker, tweeted that her sister was headed home.

“Seen so many miracles as Paige has been healing over the past few weeks,” Parker Raque wrote. “She will be back in KY for rehab by thanksgiving!”

“She is making gains every day it seems like,” Jepson said. “It’s terrific to see. She’s getting more of her personality back. There’s more of her self each week.”

State College Police filed a search warrant on Oct. 31 in an effort to obtain Paige Raque's medical records, including any blood alcohol testing results, from Mount Nittany Medical Center on the night she fell 39 feet from a five-story window.

According to court documents, the possible violations police cited to file the warrant include furnishing alcohol to minors and Minor's Law.

To date, Raque’s progress has been remarkable, Jepson said. The situation looked bleak early, he said, but now appears to be looking more and more promising. Community-driven fundraising efforts have helped pay for medical costs, Jepson said.

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