Hays teen dies after 3-story fall from balcony in Cancun

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HAYS, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Fort Hays State University student who fell three stories from a hotel balcony while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico, has died.

Triston Werth, 19, was critically injured in the fall last Tuesday morning. A family member tells the Hutch Post that Werth died Monday night while being treated in Houston.

Werth's family donated his organs.

His grandmother, Debbie Casper, told the Post she was comforted in knowing Triston was able to help others in his death.

“He would have helped any way he could. He was an outgoing, happy, loving kid.”

Werth had emergency surgery in Mexico after the fall, which had left him in a coma. His parents traveled to Cancun and arranged to have him transferred to a hospital in Houston.

Casper said funeral arrangements will be handled by Hays Memorial Chapel, and she anticipated the funeral service would be next week.

An online fund was previously set up to help Werth's family with expenses. 


Previous story from August 10:

A Hays teen remains in a coma after falling three stories from a hotel balcony in Cancun, Mexico. 

A family member says 19-year-old Triston Werth was vacationing with his employer's family when he fell from the balcony early Tuesday morning. 

Werth suffered head trauma and injuries to his lungs and kidneys, his aunt, Megan Werth, says. He has since been taken off a ventilator and is awaiting medical transport to Houston, Texas.

His aunt says she does not know what caused Werth to fall. 

Werth had just finished his first year of college at Fort Hays State. 

Family have set up an online fund to help with medical expenses.

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