This is a lousy way way to start the school year at Arkansas State. A freshman student and sorority member suffered a gruesome injury after she was accidentally impaled by a golf club at the school’s Kappa Alpha fraternity house. Apparently this happened during rush activities at the school. The incident was a freak accident and charges are not expected to be filed. Here’s what happened, according to KAIT:
According to police, “rush” activities were taking place at the Kappa Alpha House earlier in the afternoon. Officer Bill Brown stated that people were playing games outside before a cookout.
The incident report stated that as people were standing around, a 19-year-old male threw a football to a 20-year-old male, who “was to use a golf club as a bat and hit it.”
When the club hit the ball, the shaft broke.
“The separated shaft and head traveled around 30 feet when the shaft impaled [Eaton],” the incident report stated.
A second person was hurt, but she told police she was okay.
According to the incident report, when police arrived, Eaton was lying on the sidewalk and two males were holding her head up and applying pressure to the wound.
“She just went to fall and he held her head there for a good 15 minutes to keep her in place,” Riddle said. “If that [the club] had moved at all, there was not really anything anyone could have done. His quick reaction probably saved her life. He had to be really strong for that. I couldn’t imagine.”
Eaton’s best friend, Makaleigh Riddle, said she now has feeling on both sides of her body, which she calls a miracle.
“Where the club went in, it hit her spinal chord,” Riddle said. “The way doctors talked about it, it was probably paralysis. That’s the best that we were looking at. It was really hard to hear. But now she’s moving her arms and legs a day later. I don’t know. That’s just crazy. I know people are praying everywhere but that’s a miracle. She’s the strongest person I’ve ever met so that doesn’t surprise me at all.”
Hate to hear stuff like this no matter the time of the year. Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery, Natalie.
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