Greenfield teen recovering from fall at cinemas

  • The Greenfield Garden Cinemas. RECORDER FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 3/26/2020 10:39:33 AM

GREENFIELD – A 17-year-old Greenfield girl is recovering at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after reportedly falling 20 to 30 feet from a ceiling onto her back inside Greenfield Garden Cinemas on Monday night.

Employee Miracle Leyro stepped on a ceiling tile and plummeted to a concrete floor, shattering an ankle and requiring a six-hour spinal fusion surgery to insert plates, rods and screws into her back, according to Timothy Broga, who identified himself as Miracle’s grandfather.

Miracle’s mother, Diana Nunez, said the theater is closed until at least April 17 due to Gov. Charlie Baker’s restrictions regarding the on-site sale of food but Miracle was asked to come in to help with some minor repairs. She said Miracle’s legs are swollen, and surgery to repair her ankle cannot occur for a least a couple of weeks due to the severity of the surgery she just endured.

“It’s bad,” Nunez said. “It’s really bad.”

Isaac Mass, who took over ownership of Greenfield Garden Cinemas in November 2019, declined to comment to the newspaper, citing Miracle’s privacy. 

Broga said his granddaughter works at the theater making popcorn and tearing tickets. He said she is expected to walk again but can expect a long hospital stay followed by rehabilitation therapy. “She’s just an amazing child,” he said. “A heart of gold, she has.”

Nunez said Miracle is being treated in an adult unit due to the severity of her injuries. Broga is unable to visit her due to restrictions resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic, though Nunez is allowed to stay with her daughter because Miracle is a minor.

Nunez said Miracle is an avid singer and dancer and is heavily involved with Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts in Turners Falls. She said her daughter, a junior at Greenfield High School, has dreams of attending a performing arts school after graduation.

“This girl has a future, and I hope it’s not taken away from her,” Nunez said.

She said #AMiracleForMiracle is going around Facebook and she hopes people will continue to share it.

“That’s the only thing that’s really keeping her going ... when she’s awake,” Nunez said.

Miracle won a $1,000 youth awareness scholarship from the MA/RI Moose Association last year and in 2014 joined a group of fiends in organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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