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Teen recovering from fire escape fall

We first told you about the accident back in December. 27 NEWSFIRST was there as Lexington firefighters rescued the teenager from a roof following the fall on East Maxwell Street. She is now paralyzed from the waist down, and her family has had to change their home because of what happened.

They're reaching out to the community for some much needed help.

"I was at a party downtown and was out with one of my friends on the fire escape and fell off the fire escape onto the roof," says high school student Madi Phillips, "your instinct is to stand up, but I couldn't stand up."

Back in December, Phillips fell from a fire escape on East Maxwell Street. Since then her family's had to make a lot of adjustments to their home to make sure she's comfortable.

"Of course we had to put the ramp in so that she can get in and out of the door. We've had to change the bathroom around. We took the entire vanity out and put a new hanging sink in and some grab bars, one by the toilet and one in the shower," says Dad David Phillips.

Doctors say she won't be able to walk again. So Phillips, an ESL teacher at James Lane Allen Elementary, has spent money remodeling the house to fit his daughter.

"There's still times when I'll get pretty down. It's hard at times, but that's all I can do. You can't just let it stop you," says Madi Phillips, "everybody's been really great and supportive and that's what makes it really easy."

Donations can be made at any Central Bank branch in Lexington. Write all checks to the Madison Phillips Donation Account. If you prefer to mail donations, you can send them to the address below:

Central Bank
2347 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40504-1605

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