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Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 5:33 p.m.

Ann Arbor teen still in critical condition after 6-story fall

By Cindy Heflin

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include a police statement that alcohol was not involved in the accident.

Close friends of Alexandra Pew have visited her at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and report she’s doing well in the aftermath of her six-story fall Sunday, said Peter Fayroian, head of school at Greenhills, where Pew is a senior.

Pew, who fell through a window on the sixth flour of a dormitory lounge, was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, said spokeswoman Laura Hall.

Fayroian said it’s expected that Pew will come home by the weekend or be transferred to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Fayroian said Monday Pew is expected to recover from her injuries with time and hard work.

Pew, known to her friends as Lexi, has been able to speak with her friends at the hospital, Fayroian said. Pew’s classmates continue to be relieved that her injuries weren’t more serious. Some have made cards to send to her, he said.

“I think everybody shares their relief that things weren’t worse and are happy that she’s going to recover.”

Pew fell through the window, shattering it, during a game of catch in a sixth-floor lounge of North Case Hall, where she was visiting friends for the weekend, MSU police said Monday. MSU Police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor confirmed Tuesday night that alcohol was not involved in the accident.

Fayroian said Pew suffered broken bones in the fall, but he could provide no other details about her injuries.

In the wake of the accident, MSU officials Monday said they had begun inspecting dormitory windows.


Ann English

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 10:51 p.m.

I think this is the second story I've read where "critical condition" does not mean the person's unconscious. It probably occurs a lot all around the country, I just don't hear or read of the stories. "Critical" condition also doesn't mean that one doesn't have full use of his or her faculties. I should be learning definitions of the various conditions instead of relying on news stories only. It would be harder to learn about burn victims' percentage of burns and fatality likelihood. Someone with burns over 75% of his body could live, but this week I heard of someone with burns over 50% of his body died.

Rod Johnson

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 3:26 a.m.

Surviving a six-story fall is nothing short of miraculous. Wow.

Ann English

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 10:58 p.m.

I don't remember if anyone described Kirk Jones' surviving a trip over and down Niagara Falls a miracle, but he had not expected to live to tell about it. If such a fall had been unintentional, more of us would have described his survival as "miraculous". We're all glad that Alexandra wasn't trying to kill herself. I think a fuller name for that dormitory is "Sarah Case Hall".

Jojo B

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 1:51 a.m.

Is it Hall (the spokeswoman) or Pew who is expected to come home by the weekend? Is Pew really "expected to make recover?" A few of the sentences arranged awkwardly as well. For such a short article, it really wouldn't hurt to lose five minutes and have somebody proof it before go-live.

Jojo B

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 5:05 p.m.

@ActionJackson: Yes, it is, but I'm not going to advertise it here. I get my share of corrections and criticisms as well, which only proves my point that nobody is perfect and for a professional news website, it's in your best interest to have a copy editor. I don't know about you, but I take a bit of pride in my hometown "newspaper" and would like to see it be the best that it can be.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

Is your "public writing" free for anyone to read and criticize? There are so many other hobbies out there than being the armchair editor. This isn't a $35 hardcover that will be on the next best seller list.

Jojo B

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 12:44 p.m.

@drwek: I'm quite over it, thank you. The point of my posts is not to humiliate. I do a lot of public writing as well and I make many grammatical and spelling errors just like every other person; that's why I have a copy editor.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 12:14 p.m.

Get over it JoJo. I'm sur ur not purfect.

Cindy Heflin

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 11 a.m.

The wrong last name was inadvertently inserted in one spot. It's been corrected.