Teen Who Fell From Hanging Rock Out Of Medically-Induced Coma: Family

Teenager Improving After Fall At Hanging Rock State Park

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The family of a Triad teenager who fell nearly 50 feet at Hanging Rock State Park says he is slowly improving.

On Friday, the family's Facebook page said 17-year-old Jason Messer was no longer in a medically-induced coma. 

The post says he's still unconscious - and has a serious traumatic brain injury.

The McMichael High School student fell at Hanging Rock, almost 2 weeks ago. Right now - he's in the I-C-U at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 

WFMY News 2's Erica Stapleton spoke to Jason's brother this week.

"I don't express emotion very much but inside I jump for joy whenever I see these improvements," said Sam Messer.  

Sam sits with his younger brother Jason everyday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  
 
Jason's family says doctors are now saying there are signs of improvements and are optimistic about some sort of recovery.
 
"He's getting better. Little by little," explains Sam.  "Even though it's very small, it's very exciting because he went from nothing to a little bit of something."
 
It's been a whirlwind for Sam and his family since the accident.
 
"Of course we're at an up right now," he explains. "We've had our downs when we haven't really had a lot of hope but our family and friends have been very, very supportive when we are in our downs."
 
The outpouring is clear.  People checking the "Pray For Jason Messer" Facebook page daily for updates on Jason's recovery.  His parents say they've received countless messages and visits to the hospital.  And members of their church have been with them through it all.
 
"There are a couple of we call them our little angels."
 
Sam says his brother is tough; and although they can't talk right now, he feels Jason knows he's right there with him, along with the rest of the community.  His family says recovery will likely take several months.
 
"A lot of people we don't even know are behind us and here to support us. And are thinking about my brother and our family."

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