Louisville, Ky. (WHAS) – Cheerleader Page Raque fell nearly 40 feet from an off-campus apartment window at Penn State University in September.
The Louisville Christian Academy graduate has been recovering in a hospital in Pennsylvania since the accident happened
She’s reached a major milestone, healing enough to make the trip back home to Louisville and closer to her family just in time for the holidays.
Raque suffered severe head trauma and fractures in her hips and legs when she fell. She’s had to work her way up to being able to talk and feed herself again. But, now, she’ll get to do it surrounded by her family in her hometown. "She's going to get to come home before Thanksgiving, which everyone is really excited about,” her aunt Debbie Boone said.
While Raque has been recovering in Pennsylvania, her family back home has been doing little things like making buttons and sporting bracelets to support as well as keep tabs on her from a distance. "I think as she has progressed more, I think everybody's spirits are up more. She seems to be handling it well. She's determined to get better and she's had so much support," Boone explained.
Raque’s parents and brother have been able to stay with her while she’s in Pennsylvania. But, they’re ready to bring her home. Raque, however, is torn, wishing she could stay in school and go back to cheerleading. "She has mixed feelings, she's looking forward to coming home, but she has a lot of friends that, she'll be leaving behind," Boone said.
The Penn State cheerleading squad made and sold t-shirts and bracelets to raise money for Raque’s transportation and it started a trend. Other people at the university, alumni, and other friends started pitching in as well and within a few days, Paige will be flying home on a private plane.
Raque’s father Tom says she’s been able to carry on conversations more with her friends and family. She’s also eating more on her own. She can’t walk just yet. Her hip and leg injuries were worse than doctors initially thought. But, she’ll be able to work on that at Frazier Rehab Institute here in Louisville.