After Falling 7 Feet Off Bed, Student Relearned Everything And Recovered In 19 Months
There are not many injuries more insidiously frightening than head injuries. Even if the victim seems fine at the time of the injury, symptoms can fester and develop into something more serious as time passes. Stories of people suffering a head injury, going to sleep, and never waking up again are sadly very common.
The hidden nature of head injuries has caused many to be extremely cautious whenever they suffer one, often times going to the hospital even if there doesn’t appear to be any lingering effects.
Clark Jacobs, a student at Georgia Tech, knows the effects of a head injury all-too-well. One night while he was sleeping, he rolled off the top bunk of a bunk bed at his fraternity house and fell 7 feet to the ground.
At the time of his fall, he didn’t suspect that he was seriously injured. He didn’t check into a hospital initially, and instead, his family cared for him at home.
After some time passed and alarming symptoms began to develop, Clark’s family decided to take him to the hospital, and it’s a good thing they did.
Keep reading for the full story of Clark’s scary head injury and miraculous recovery!
Clark sustained his injury in January 2015 when he fell 7 feet to the ground from his bed. The incident occurred at his Georgia Tech fraternity house.
As is the case with many head injuries, Clark, and his family were unaware of the severity of the injury at first. “We cared for him at home for almost a day before we decided to take him to the hospital because with his neck being so stiff, we were afraid he might have meningitis,” Clark’s mom shared with the media. A CT scan was performed upon Clark arriving at the hospital, and it was immediately revealed that he had fractured his skull.
The skull fracture wasn’t the end of Clark’s poor fortunes as the fracture led to internal bleeding in his brain. Fortunately, the doctor’s emergency surgery was successful and they were able to save his life. His survival was amazing, but he was left with the challenge of having to relearn how to talk, walk, and even eat.
Shepherd Center was where Clark did his extensive rehab, and throughout his recovery, he earned the nickname “Superman” for his inspiring story.
With a full recovery and a new lease on life, Clark has a new goal: spreading awareness. Believe it or not, roughly 36,000 students experience similar injuries to Clark as a result of falling out of their loft beds at college. Clark and his family have started an organization called Rail Against The Danger to help people learn more about this issue.
Clark’s amazing recovery was capped off with an incredible feat: returning to school at Georgia Tech. His friends and frat brothers gave him a special welcome and were thrilled to have him back with them.
Despite being back at school, not everything has gone back to exactly how it was for Clark. He’s switching out his treacherous loft bed for a twin bed that’s close to the ground, and we don’t blame him!
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