Penn State cheerleader speaks out for the first time since 5-story fall


by WHAS11

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 7:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Penn State cheerleader is recovering faster than expected after falling five stories. Paige Raque spoke for the first time since the accident that stole her voice.

The 19-year-old fell from a window on October 13 in Pennsylvania. She shattered her pelvis and suffered serious head trauma. Unable to speak for 23 grueling days, WHAS11 asked what she recalled  about her fall.

"I remember before the accident we had a cookout for my brother's gymnastics team. It was a family weekend. We all went to the cookout and that's the last thing I remember pretty much," Paige said.

"We were a block away, literally, instead of a 10-hour drive away. That was one of the first miracles that God planted us in the right spot," Robin Raque, Paige's Mother said.

Since then, her family has shed many tears but the doctors at Frazier Rehab Institute in Lousiville helped her bounce back.

Admitted to rehab before Thanksgiving, she's undergone intense physical and speech therapy.

"She has had a better than expected recovery from the standpoint of the speed of recovery. Typically we see the recovery happening in a three month process. She's going to beat that by about a month," Dr. Darryl Kaelin, Frazier Rehab Institute Medical Director said.

"Just in the last week or so has she gotten her phone back and was she able to get on Facebook and look back at the previous five weeks or six weeks and realize what happened," Tom Raque, Paige's Father said.

Once she fully recovers, she plans on completing her major in bio-behavioral health at Penn State next Fall to help others.

"I had always hoped about going into the medical field and this whole thing has opened my eyes" Paige Raque said.

Paige will be released from Frazier Rehab Wednesday and starts outpatient therapy on Monday.