A Hays man injured in a fall in Cancun is on his way to a trauma center in Houston for further medical care.
The plane carrying Triston Werth and his father, Doug, should arrive in Houston at 6 p.m., where Werth will be taken to a trauma center.
Werth’s mother, Misty Hynes, and his girlfriend took a later flight to Houston.
Werth was vacationing with family and friends when he fell from the third-story balcony of his hotel, his grandmother Debbie Casper told The Hays Daily News. The family was notified early Tuesday of the incident.
Werth, 19, underwent a four-hour surgery Tuesday in Cancun to relieve pressure on his brain.
“Everything turned out good. They said he is breathing on his own, he’s coughing and swallowing, which are good signs,” Casper said.
She said there is trauma to his kidneys, but no other serious injuries family had been told of.
“There’s really not much more we’ll know until we get him to the trauma center in Houston,” she said.
Werth will be kept in a coma for approximately seven days, she said.
The family has established a gofundme fundraiser to help with costs, as the Mexican hospitals wanted the money for surgery and transportation up front, Casper said.
She said the family is grateful for the support and help they have been getting, including from Sen. Jerry Moran’s office. Werth’s parents did not have passports, Casper said, and Moran’s staff helped expedite the paperwork for them to be able to travel.
Werth is a 2016 Hays High School graduate and had completed his first year at Fort Hays State University.