However, the day that has been dubbed the luckiest of the year turned tragic when the second story balcony railing gave way and Keefe fell over 15 feet.
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Her head hit a granite countertop and the fall left her incapacitated. Video from the time of the fall showed an employee jostling the girl around as he tried to half-carry, half-drag her outside. A man in the background can be heard saying:
“He's throwing her out of the club, she needs an ambulance.”
According to the Daily Mail, Keefe was placed on the sidewalk until emergency responders arrived and took her to the hospital. She suffered a brain bleed and multiple fractures, including her skull, seventh vertebrae, and eye socket, and was in critical condition.
Cleveland.com reported that the 20-year-old is still unconscious and has been placed in an assisted-living facility. In the almost four months since her fall, her family has had to cover more than one million dollars in medical costs.
Her lifelong medical expenses have been estimated to exceed $10 million and on Monday, her family filed a lawsuit against the bar, its owners, and the security guards.
The suit cited negligence on the part of Spirits Restaurant and Bar for not properly maintaining the railing and failing to provide adequate warnings to patrons that the railing could be faulty. It also charged employee Nicholas Urso with negligence for his role in moving Keefe:
“Defendant Urso ... negligently moved Megan's head, neck and body from the location where she fell to outside the premises, which aggravated and/or worsened Megan's already catastrophic fall-related injuries and medical condition.”
According to the Daily Mail, the bar was also reprimanded for serving liquor to an underage person and was temporarily closed because of “hazardous conditions,” including outdated sprinklers and fire extinguishers, and an obstructed exit.
Building inspectors reportedly found that the bar was not certified to even have customers on the second floor.
The suit requested a trial by jury and damages include the family's financial losses, as well as, the loss of the “aide, comfort, support, and society” of their daughter.
John Neal, Spirits' attorney, told NBC News affiliate WKYC Channel 3 that the bar has not been served with the lawsuit, but reminded the news outlet that the lawsuit's claims are “allegations only, not facts.”
In the meantime, a GoFundMe page was set up to help ease the family's financial burden.