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Garcia listed in fair condition after surgery

Megan Doyle | Wednesday, August 31, 2011

After a facial surgery Tuesday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said the Notre Dame senior who fell from his third-floor apartment window last week is in fair condition at Memorial Hospital.

Marcus Garcia was listed in critical condition after his accident early Thursday morning, Memorial representative Maggie Scroope said. The hospital’s scale of four possible ratings ranges from critical to good condition.

Garcia, 21, fell from his apartment window in The Foundry Lofts and Apartments around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. An employee at a local bar saw Garcia fall as she left work for the night and called 911.

Garcia fluctuated between “critical” and “serious” throughout the weekend but progressed to “fair” early this week, Scroope said.

Kimberly and Juan Garcia, Marcus’ parents, updated his Facebook page frequently after the accident, and a post Tuesday morning continued to reflect their optimism about his recovery.

“They are getting Marcus ready for surgery,” the post stated. “This in itself is amazing that he and his body are ready for this next big progressive step. Please pray like never before for the three specialized surgeons’ minds, hands and hearts that they will be guided by God.”

Garcia is able to communicate with his family and friends by writing messages on a white board, Kimberly Garcia said.

Student body president Pat McCormick said many of Garcia’s friends gathered to pray for his recovery in his former residence hall Monday.

“The overflowing crowd that came to Fisher Hall for Mass [Monday night] is a testament to the impact that he has had on the lives of so many members of our Notre Dame family,” McCormick said. “We are praying for him and will keep the prayers going until he is safely back home.”

Students can sign a get-well card for Garcia in the student government office on the second floor of LaFortune Student Center until Friday.

The Senior Class Council sent an email to the Class of 2012 about the card Tuesday.

“As you all know, one of our fellow classmates, Marcus Garcia, is in the hospital recovering from an accident that happened last Thursday,” the email stated. “Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers during the next couple of weeks … Let’s show Marcus he is not alone in this difficult time.”