LOUISVILLE, Ky. – 19-year-old Paige Raque continues to make progress at a rehab center in Pennsylvania. The Louisville Christian Academy graduate and Penn State cheerleader fell nearly 40 feet from an apartment window near the Penn State campus last month.
The fall left Paige with severe head and pelvic injuries. She was in a coma and hooked to a ventilator. But, small signs of progress are feeding her family encouragement. I know it’s going to be slow and we try to remember that, but it’s very encouraging each day she does something new and we’re just all very excited about it,” her aunt Debbie Boone said.
Paige is gradually working on re-learning things that used to be second nature. With some difficulty, she was able to lift a spoon of ice cream to her mouth. It was a fight, but it was a step forward and that’s what the family is holding on to. “We know Paige, she’s very focused and she will be working her best to get all her abilities back,” Boone said.
Paige’s brother tweets about her progress almost daily, using the Twitter hashtag “Pray for Paige.” That motto also marks pins the family made to show their support. It’s the visits from friends and family that bring a light to Paige’s eyes that she can’t yet express with words. “When her boyfriend and brother came in last night to see her, she just lit up, excited,” Boone said.
Tom Raque, Paige’s father, admits they don’t know what the future holds for Paige’s recovery. But, they will continue to find encouragement in every little step she takes.
Paige was also able to read actions on index cards like “smile” and “stick your tongue out” and understand and perform them. Tom says they’re hoping Paige will improve enough to be moved to a rehab center closer to Louisville.