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ASU sorority freshman impaled by golf club by fraternity member

ASU sorority freshman impaled by golf club by fraternity member

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 27, 2014

A freshman sorority member at Arkansas State University is recovering after being impaled in the neck by a golf club while at a fraternity house on Aug. 19.

Alpha Gamma Delta sorority sister Natalie Jo Eaton, 18, of Harrisburg, remains hospitalized in Memphis' Regional One Health Memphis in critical condition.  She is described as being responsive but does not remember the accident and is very confused. 

"According to police, 'rush' activities were taking place at the Kappa Alpha House throughout the afternoon," reports. "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," further reports.

Eaton's friend Makaleigh Riddle details, "Where the club went in, it hit her spinal cord," she 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."

ASU Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Rick Stripling does not expect any students to face charges.
Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.