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Natalie Eaton’s story one of the top 10 Shepherd Center inspirational stories for 2015

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Natalie Eaton’s story of recovery following a spinal cord injury is one of the top ten shared in 2015 by the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

The nation’s top rehabilitation hospital for spinal cord injury and brain injury first shared the story in August. The center tracked Natalie’s progress as she returned to Arkansas State University in the fall.

Natalie’s freshman year was spent at the hospital trying to regain motor skills and function of her body after the devastating accident that involved the broken shaft of a golf club piercing her neck.

“I couldn’t move anything,” said Natalie. “It was very traumatic.”

Eaton underwent extensive physical therapy. She learned to feed herself, take a shower and dress herself again. Basic day-to-day activities were difficult to complete but Natalie and her mother never gave up hope. The golf club had broken two vertebrae and left Natalie with Brown Sequard Syndrome.

Over the course of a year, Natalie realized great progress and plans were made to return to Arkansas State University this fall. A member of Chi Omega, she helped with recruitment activities at the start of school. Soon, she hopes to have a service dog named Georgie by her side. Georgie would help Natalie to reach things she’s dropped and assist her in difficult situations. To read the Shepherd Center story on Natalie, click here.

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