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Arkansas Girl Impaled By Golf Club At Fraternity House

Updated: Thursday, August 21 2014, 11:55 AM CDT
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-- An Arkansas State University Freshman was severely injured after she was impaled by a golf club at a fraternity house.

The first year of college is usually an exciting time for students, their friends, and family. But that's far from true for one Arkansas State University Student.

"It was a freak accident which is basically the only way to describe it," said the victim's friend Makaleigh Riddle.

18-year-old Natalie Eaton was at the Kappa Alpha house when a 20-year-old man used a golf club as a bat to hit a football.

When the club hit the ball, the shaft broke and impaled Natalie in the neck. When police arrived, Natalie was laying on the sidewalk and two men were holding her head up, applying pressure to the wound.

"They just said pray for her. We don't know what's happening," said Riddle.

They flew Natalie from St. Bernard's to the Med in Memphis. The doctor told Natalie's friends and family that they had never seen anything like this before. They were able to remove the club from her neck, but it nicked an artery and hit her spinal cord.

"The way he talked about it, it was probably paralysis. That's the best that we were looking at," said Riddle.

But less than a day later, Makaleigh says her friend could make little movements with the left side of her body.  "I don't know. That's just crazy. I know people are praying everywhere but that's a miracle."

Makaleigh says Natalie and her family need continued prayers and support as well as the boy who feels responsible for the incident. Arkansas Girl Impaled By Golf Club At Fraternity House


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