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Lawyer: Woman injured at Macy’s parade out of coma

December 23, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ A spectator who was injured when a giant balloon at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade went out of control has emerged from a coma, her lawyer said.

Kathleen Caronna, 34, had been in a coma at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital for almost a month and was listed in serious but stable condition on Monday.

The coma started to lift on Sunday, said John Quinlan Kelly, her lawyer. Mrs. Caronna is starting to make eye contact and can follow simple commands, he said.

Mrs. Caronna was injured Nov. 27 when unusually strong wind caused the Cat in the Hat balloon to strike a lamppost at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Debris rained down on the throng of spectators, injuring Mrs. Caronna and three others.

Neither doctors nor Massimo Caronna, the woman’s husband, would comment on Mrs. Caronna’s condition.

Kelly would not comment on whether the family would sue Macy’s.

In a statement Monday, Macy’s said: ``We are happy to hear this latest news of Kathy Caronna’s condition and, as always, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Caronna family.″

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