PSU cheerleader who fell 5 stories leaves ICU

| Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 9:06 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE — The 19-year-old woman who fell five stories from a window last month has been released from the intensive care unit and is showing signs of recovery, family spokesman Randy Jepson said on Wednesday.

Paige Raque, a Penn State varsity cheerleader, fell 39 feet from a Calder Commons window last month and suffered severe head injuries, a broken pelvis and a broken rib, Jepson said. State College police have ruled the fall as accidental but haven't provided a full report, citing that the matter is under investigation.

Raque has moved into the rehab process, which comprises having her attempt to make general movements with her arms and legs, Jepson said. She has been able to move “all of her extremities” but lacks some motor skills and hasn't been able to grasp with her hands, the men's gymnastics coach said.

He said that he visits her about every other day and is able to see “remarkable” progress, but she remains on a feeding tube, unable to eat and drink on her own.

“Her spirits seem strong, and she has smiled on several occasions,” Jepson said.

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