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'Biggest Loser' contestant Sam Poueu's life-threatening fall: More details emerge

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Last week, it was reported that Sam Poueu, a contestant from the ninth season of The Biggest Loser, was in critical condition at a San Francisco hospital after sustaining a pelvic injury, punctured lung, broken leg, and torn ligaments after a fall from a building on Sept. 3. (On Sept. 6 Biggest Loser host Ali Sweeney tweeted, “Right on!! RT @vicgrimes4life: @Ali_Sweeney Can I get a RT? For Sam Poueu (bl9) to continue to fight and for a complete recovery.”)

Since then, Poueu’s family, as well as his fiance and fellow Biggest Loser alum Stephanie Anderson, have explained to People what exactly happened to the reality star. In a statement, Poueu’s family explained that the 25-year-old, who lost 134 pounds during his time on the reality competition, got stuck on a roof at a friend’s party after a door locked behind him. He then, “attempted to climb down the fire escape ladder to drop down into the fourth floor balcony and slipped. The San Francisco Fire Department responded within minutes thanks to a neighbor’s immediate call.”

While Poueu has, in addition to undergoing three surgeries already, has “suffered many serious internal injuries and a trauma to the right side of his head,” according to his family, “Sam has made positive and encouraging strides since his accident. Since being admitted to the hospital, Sam has stayed strong through three surgeries. To date, many of his internal injuries are on the healing mend.”

Anderson has since set up a recovery Trust Fund in Poueu’s name accepting donations, while she and his family have alerted fans, “Please send well wishes, cards, etc. to: Poueu Family, PO Box 214, Cotati, CA 94931.” The family concluded by telling People, “We want to thank everyone for all of your prayers, thoughts, well wishes and support during this difficult time.”

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