Student seriously injured on study abroad trip in Madrid

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Jennifer Waters was grazed by a car last month and received surgery for cranial fracture. Photo courtesy of Patrick Cosgrove.

A Marquette student was seriously injured Sunday night while studying abroad in Madrid, according to an email Monday from Vice President for Student Affairs L. Christopher Miller.

Jennifer Waters, a junior in the College of Business Administration, reportedly fell back and hit her head after being grazed by a car while walking to a religious service. She is said to have suffered a cranial fracture, and had surgery to stop the bleeding before she was put into a medically induced coma, according to a Facebook post from WAHS Breakthrough, a bible study group at West Aurora High School, which Waters attended.

The Office of Student Affairs will offer resources to the university’s study abroad students in Madrid and on campus to help students cope with the situation.

“As a close campus community, an event like this one impacts each and every one of us in different ways,” Miller said in the email. “Remember that we have numerous resources on campus, including the Counseling Center, Residence Life and Student Affairs staff who are available to meet and talk with you as needed.”

Many students offered prayers and best wishes on Waters’ Facebook page.

“Jen’s an awesome person, she works in the (Brew Bayou) and I have not met one person who didn’t like her immediately,” said Brian Chenette, a junior in the College of Business Administration, who has known Waters for three years. “It is really sad that this happened to her and hopefully she is going to be OK.”

The university is providing resources to Water’s parents, according to Miller’s email.

“(Water’s parents) have asked our Marquette community to support (Waters) and their family in prayer during this difficult time,” Miller said in the email.

Monday’s 10 p.m. mass in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel will be offered for Waters’ healing.