Mairin Din’s Condition Improving

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

Mairin Din ’12, the student who was seriously injured two weeks ago, seems to be doing as well as could reasonably be expected. Earlier this week, the Gazette received an email update from her mother, excerpts of which follow:

“Mairin is showing clear signs of improvement. She has been taken off all medication for sedation, pain and infection. She was able to tolerate an MRI which confirmed that she has no additional injuries… She has been moving more and her eyes are tracking people who enter the room, which indicates that she can hear. She is, however, still in a coma.”

“As the encumberances of tubes and machines have been reduced, their places have been taken by cards, photos and gifts of love and encouragement. She is somewhat of a celebrity. One nurse tonight told us in 10 years in the unit, she has never seen anything like it.”

A fund to help defray Mairin’s medical costs has been set up in her home town of Irvington, New York. More details are available on the town’s website. Cards and other such items for Mairin and her family should be delivered to Rachel Head in the Dean’s Office.

The Gazette will continue to provide updates on Mairin’s status, as well as a forum for discussion in the comments page for this article. Meanwhile, we wish Mairin and her family the best during this difficult time.


  1. Does anyone know the outcome of the Traffic Council meeting held least Monday? Are changes to the signage at Harvard-Yale being discussed/implemented?

    We continue to send Mairin and her family our very best wishes for a complete recovery.

  2. Any news from the Din family on how Mairin is doing?

    Also, what's the status of the signage change proposals for the intersection?

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