College student who fell from loft bed relearns how to walk, talk before graduation

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Clark Jacobs, a 20-year-old college student, had an average score of 3.9 when he fell from the raised bed of the sorority house in 2015.

The Georgia Tech student was sleeping when he fell. At first he didn’t know that there was a serious mistake.


"We think he has the flu or meningitis because he doesn't look like someone who had a brain injury in the beginning. He is completely familiar and can talk." His father Ron Jacobs (Ron Jacobs) said at the time. "He just crawled back into the bed while sleeping."

Clark fell seven feet and hit the linoleum floor.

"We treated him (at home) for less than a day and decided to take him to the hospital because of a stiff neck and we were worried that it might be meningitis," said his mother Mariellen Jacobs. "They performed a CT scan and we realized that his skull was fractured. He ended up with a fractured skull and blood clots. Unfortunately, this caused bleeding in his brain and (the doctor) had to perform emergency surgery to save his life." 

Clark suffered a stroke and spent a month recovering at a spinal cord center in Atlanta. He must relearn how to walk, talk and eat,

In memory of her son, Mariellen Jacobs launched an initiative

Raise awareness of the importance of bed rails.

In response to his accident, Clark's brotherhood installed guardrails on the bed.

Five years later this week, 25-year-old Clark graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He said his seven-year college career was worthwhile.

RAD’s biggest announcement today comes from the reason for our existence. Clark graduated from Georgia Tech!

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