A Colorado teen is in stable condition days after his fall at Thompson Boling Arena

5:34 AM, May 28, 2010   |    comments
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A teenage boy from Colorado is recovering from a 3-story fall at Thompson-Boling Arena.

He is one of thousands of kids who have come from around the world for a problem-solving competition in Knoxville: Destination Imagination Global Finals.

After an accident Wednesday night, he's now at UT Medical Center.  The latest word from the hospital is that he is in stable condition.  He was previously in critical condition.

The injuries the 14-year-old boy from Colorado suffered are not life threatening.

"We do know he's going to make a full recovery and will be out of the hospital in about a week," Rusty McCarty with Destination Imagination said.

About 9:45 Wednesday night at UT's Thompson-Boling Arena the teen landed on concrete outside the the doors to court level seating.

He fell about 30 feet from the ramp above in the space between the arena wall and a concrete ledge.

A UT Police report said he jumped over the side of the ramp.

Apparently he didn't realize how far the drop was.

Other students saw it happen.

"Everyone just pretty much bounced back and I think for our team's perspective the team manager was really good in letting them know everything was ok," Missouri Team mother Chris Ashby said.

Thursday, Destination Imagination teams continued solving creative problems in the Global Finals.

And organizers gave the Colorado team a choice.

 "How do you want to handle the situation with being at Globals and being here to compete? Do you still want to compete? And they said, yes, we're going to compete," McCarty said.

The team shifted its scheduled performance time to Friday afternoon.

"Everyone here at Destination Imagination wishes him a speedy recovery and sends the best to him and his family," Matthew Arts with Destination Imagination said.

The injured teen's parents were in town already for the week-long competition and are with him at UT Medical Center.

Destination Imagination is helping them make lodging and travel arrangements.




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