After a night of partying a terrifying fall

first_imgPULLMAN — At the bottom of a 23-foot retaining wall, a young man lay in a pool of blood. The fall had broken every bone in his face. His teeth were chipped. He was barely conscious. A police officer called out to him, asking him his name. The body groaned, and slurred something that sounded like “Shawn.” His name wasn’t Shawn.It was just minutes after midnight on Saturday, Sept. 10, and several officers who had responded to the fall feared it would end with a body bag. In the hours that followed, as medical staff worked to save the young man, an officer called the Whitman County coroner.The officer warned they might need an autopsy.Chad Heffelfinger, a 20-year-old WSU student from Vancouver, survived a fall from a 23-foot retaining wall last month.Nights of drinking lead to EREach year, hundreds of WSU students are rushed to Pullman Regional Hospital for an alcohol-related trauma or detox after a night of partying. In the past five years, hospital officials say they have seen a rise in the blood-alcohol level of patients to an average of 0.33 — four times the legal limit for driving.About eight to 10 cases of those cases each year are severe enough to be airlifted to another hospital, said Stacey Aggabao, director of the emergency department at Pullman Regional Hospital.“We get quite a few falls,” she said.Many students appear to be mixing alcohol with stimulants such as caffeine, Aggabao said. The stimulants allow students to continue drinking past the point where they would normally pass out.last_img read more

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