Teen in coma after Camelback Mountain fall

Posted at 5:18 AM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 18:03:00-04

An Escondido teen is a coma after falling about 100 feet down a mountain in Arizona.

Makayla Castro, a freshman at Grand Canyon University, was hiking up Camelback Mountain in Phoenix with a friend last Wednesday when she fell.

Crews rushed Castro off the mountain and to the hospital, where she remains with her parents by her side.

"She had finals to finish the following day," said her father, Larry Castro. "I actually went to the place where she climbed, and I'll tell you what, it's a very hard climb."

Larry added, "It was a little out of character, doing a climb like that…when she wakes up and I talk to her, I'm going to hug her, kiss her, and then I'm going to give her a little scolding because I just don't get it."

Castro's mother, Allison, said, "It's a miracle that she's here, and so we're just asking people to please keep praying for her."

Castrol graduated from San Pasqual High School last year, and across Escondido, pink ribbons are tied to trees in her honor.

"The outpour of people and the prayers…every time I think about it, I get emotional because it's been amazing," said Larry.

Tuesday was a big step forward in the recovery of the girl with an infectious smile.

"We got to kiss her for the first time on the cheek, and you can't even understand what that means to us," Allison said.

The family said while Castro is somewhat responsive, doctors told them the next 28 hours are critical.

"With prayer and with what we believe is going to happen, we believe that we can get a full recovery," said Larry.

A GoFundMe page has been setup for Castro and her family. For more information, click here.