Biggest Loser’s Sam Poueu seriously injured after falling off a building

The Biggest Loser 9 contestant Sam Poueu fell off of a building and was seriously injured, with internal and head trauma that has led to three surgeries, and has “a long road ahead” according to his family.

His fiance, Stephanie Anderson, who he proposed to on the season finale, and his family said in a statement to People magazine that on Sept. 3, Sam “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.” As a result, he “suffered many serious internal injuries and a trauma to the right side of his head. 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.”

The family members’ statement added, “He still has a long road ahead and is already a true testament to the power of prayer.” Last week, TMZ reported that Sam was “in critical condition at a San Francisco hospital” after a fall, but offered no other details.

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