By Cordell Whitlock
KSDK -- A St. Louis man remains in a New York hospital six days after falling from an escalator at Shea Stadium.
Justin Larson was in critical condition at a hospital in Flushing, New York. Doctors upgraded him to stable on Friday.
Larson's relatives have spent the last week praying, and fondly remembering the Clayton High School graduate. The 26-year-old medical student was leaving Shea Stadium after last Saturday's Cardinals-Mets game when he fell 25 feet from an escalator. He was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.
"The whole family was devastated," said Mary Traube, Justin's aunt. "They called me first and i just couldn't believe it."
Justin is in his third year of medical school studying to be a pediatrician.
"He just passed his board. He studied for two months straight, 12 hours a day. That's all he did," Traube said.
A young man preparing to help save lives had been unresponsive since Saturday's accident, but Justin opened his eyes for the first time Friday and responded to a doctor's poke.
"It's a small step but it means a lot to all of us," Traube said.
Doctors are waiting to see the extent of the trauma to Justin's brain. His parents and brother have been by his side in the hospital. Mary and other family members will travel to New York next week.
"I talked to him the week before the incident and he told me he was coming home for Labor Day and we are going to watch the Mizzou-Illinios game down at the center and he's going to keep his promise to me and he's going to come home," Traube said
Justin remains on a ventilator and feeding tube. A fund has been set up to help with Justin's medical bills. Donations can be sent to:
Justin Larson Fund
National City Bank
17389 Chesterfield Airport Road
Chesterfield, MO 63005
In April, a 36-year-old man was killed at Shea Stadium when he fell from escalator leaving a game with his family.