UPDATE: “Biggest Loser” Season 9 contestant Sam Poueu is making progress in his recovery from a Sept. 3 fall off a fire escape and is now out of the ICU and listed in stable condition, says TMZ. While at a friend’s birthday bash, Poueu fell four stories from a San Francisco building and suffered a pelvic injury, torn ligaments, a punctured lung, and a broken leg.
“We are excited to share that Sam is out of ICU and is currently in stable condition,” Poueu’s family says to PEOPLE. “He still has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but we are so encouraged by the progress he continues to make daily.”
PREVIOUS UPDATE: Friends and family of Sam Poueu and his fiancee Stephanie Anderson are shedding some light on the mysterious accident that left the “Biggest Loser” season 9 contestant in critical condition on Sept. 3: a frightening fall several stories off a San Francisco building.
After a birthday dinner for a friend, Poueu went up to the rooftop of another friend’s apartment, when the door locked behind him.
Poueu then “attempted to climb down the fire escape ladder to drop down into the fourth floor balcony and slipped,” according to family members in an article with PEOPLE.
Falling several stories to the ground, he “suffered many serious internal injuries and a trauma to the right side of his head” but has made “positive and encouraging strides since his accident.”
The family statement added: “He still has a long road ahead and is already a true testament to the power of prayer. Our faith remains that God will heal him completely according to His will. We are thankful for the miracles we have already witnessed in his recovery and are thankful for the dedicated medical personnel attending to him.”
He suffered a pelvic injury, torn ligaments, a punctured lung, and a broken leg during the accident and is currently recovering in the ICU. His condition is serious but said to be improving.
The horrifying fall took place on Sept. 3. No other details about the accident are available at this time.
Poueu, 24, became engaged to fellow Season 9 contestant Stephanie Anderson in October 2010 during their time together on the show.
Poueu’s cousin, Koli Palu, posted this message on Facebook after the fall occurred:
“Early this morning Sam Poueu (BL season 9) was hurt very badly in a fall that took place in San Francisco. He is in ICU and his conditions are improving. I do no want want to comment to much as the circumstances surrounding the accident and the extent of the injuries are not fully known. Thanks to everyone for your love and prayers. Please continue to pray for him. — PRAY PRAY PRAY PLEASE!!!!…♥”