INDIANAPOLIS (October 30, 2009)-The family and pastor of a Texas teen are keeping watch over him at the Indianapolis hospital where he has spent the past week after falling three floors from a mall escalator.
The Indianapolis Star says Phillip Caler, 16, of Booker, is in a coma and on a respirator to help him breathe.
Caler suffered brain damage, six fractured vertebrae, a broken shoulder blade, a fractured pelvis and fractured eye socket in the Oct. 22 fall at Circle Center Mall.
Caler was attending a convention of the National FFA Organization when he apparently lost his balance sitting on the escalator railing and fell 41 feet.
The teen's parents and 13- and 10-year-old sisters are keeping a vigil at the hospital.
Pastor Bobby Smith says he and the family "pretty much pray nonstop."