Arkansas State student gets spinal cord impaled by golf club

Well this is certainly a below average way to be introduced to college. Natalie Jo Eaton, a freshman student and sorority member at Arkansas State, was struck in the neck by a rogue broken golf club at a party over the weekend.

The incidents that led to the impaling of Eaton's spinal cord (her spinal cord!) are pretty incredible.

According to they involved a football throw and a baseball swing.

"The police report stated that as people were standing around the cookout, a 19-year-old man threw a football to a 20-year-old man, who 'was going to use a golf club as a bat to hit the football.'

"When the club hit the ball, the golf club shaft broke, and traveled around 30 feet before it impaled Eaton in the left side of her neck, according to the report."

I mean, what are the odds of that happening? How does that happen?

Thankfully it sounds like Eaton is doing quite well despite the trauma.

"This afternoon we learned that she is now awake and responsive but is extremely confused and doesn't yet remember the accident.

"Eaton's friend, Makaleigh Riddle, said she now has feeling on both sides of her body, which she calls a miracle."

Given everything that took place, it really kind of is.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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