Eliot teen seriously hurt in 3-story fall at Bates College

By Oliver Jenkins, Foster's Daily Democrat
Posted Oct. 03, 2012, at 6:32 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A 2012 Marshwood High School graduate was seriously injured Saturday night after falling down a stairwell at his Bates College dormitory.

Troy Pappas, 18, of Eliot was rushed to Central Maine Medical Center after falling down a stairwell in Parker Hall at approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Pappas remained in the intensive care unit as of Sunday. A spokesperson for Central Maine Medical Center could not release Pappas’ condition Tuesday at the request of his family.

A student with Pappas at the time of his fall immediately called Bates College security and Bates Emergency Medical Services. Pappas, who fell from the third floor to the ground floor level of the dormitory, was quickly transported from the scene via ambulance.

According to an email sent out by Marshwood High School principal Paul Melhorn to the Marshwood community, Pappas suffered fractures to his skull and vertebrae. He later underwent surgery to relieve swelling in his brain and is currently in an induced coma.

“Our counselors are available if a student needs support and I encourage you to contact them with any concerns you may have,” Melhorn writes.

Pappas, who is on the Bates football team, played varsity football, basketball, and baseball while at Marshwood. He was the captain of the Marshwood football team, graduated in the top 10 percent of his class, and was also a member of the student government.

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Pappas family,” Melhorn said.

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