An electrician partying with his friends on a high-rise flat for a bachelor party threw himself from the 26th floor of the tower block – but somehow he survived.
Jacob Pearce, now 31, had been on a drunken deer in Melbourne, Australia with about 40 friends when he and several others returned to one of his pal’s apartment blocks in the city.
While he waited for his friends to get ready and hit the city, the then 28-year-old stumbled onto the balcony.
Mr. Pearce told News.com.au: “I peered over the edge of the balcony and rolled over, eventually falling 26 stories from the tall building.
“I ended up on a second floor below that saved my life because it absorbed the impact of the fall.”
The last thing he could remember from the March 2017 bachelorette party was when it was 2 p.m.
Mr. Pearce said, “Apparently I was a mess afterwards. I was not in good shape at all. “
His friends called paramedics when they noticed his fall and agents who ran to the scene in minutes.
He was then taken to the hospital and placed in a coma for four days.
After awakening, Mr. Pearce was told what had happened and he had no memory of it.
The electrician said, “I couldn’t believe it. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever heard to hear that you fell 26 floors from a tall building to survive. It was an absolute miracle.”
Mr. Pearce learned that he had smashed his pelvis, pierced his lungs, had 20 rib fractures, and also broke his arm.
He now lives with a titanium rod in his arm.
After a month in the hospital and five weeks in rehabilitation to learn to walk again, he returned to work.
But he began to feel terrible pain in his stomach and found that his organs had broken through his diaphragm and chest when he hit the ground.
It was at this time that Mr. Pearce admitted that he had suffered from depression for most of his adult life.
Mr. Pearce now owns his own electricity company and speaks out on mental health and encourages other men to speak out.
He said, “Right now I feel great, but I still have to keep working on my mental health, or I’m going to go down the track and into another hole. But I’m in a much better place.”