Black Teenagers : Jordan Burnham: Dispair, Courage and Renewal

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    After leap breaks body, a miracle renews spirit
    A talented student rebuilds his life after battling depression - and falling nine floors.

    Michael Vitez

    Inquirer Staff Writer
    Jan 20, 2008


    On the evening of Sept. 28, at an apartment complex in King of Prussia, a tragedy and a miracle occurred 2.5 seconds apart.

    The tragedy took place when Jordan Burnham , 18, a senior just nominated to the homecoming court at Upper Merion High School, jumped out his ninth-floor window.

    The miracle happened 90 feet below, when he hit the ground at 50 m.p.h. - and survived.

    Jordan has no recollection of going out the window. Even though he was suffering from depression, neither he nor anyone close to him ever expected him to do something so impulsive, so lethal.

    "I had everything to live for," he says now.

    Today, 114 days later, Jordan's body remains badly broken. With the help of three therapists, he stood on his right leg last week for 60 seconds. He still cannot stand on his left leg, encased in scaffolding.

    Doctors can't promise he'll walk, but won't rule it out. He has surprised them every step of his recovery, beginning with his survival. His parents hope the miracle continues.

    One million American high school students, like Jordan, attempt suicide every year, according to federal studies, and about 150,000 are treated at hospitals. In 2004, more than 2,000 teens between 15 and 19 killed themselves. Nearly all suffered from depression or some mental illness.

    Jordan's story provides a rare glimpse into one family's struggle with teen depression. He was being treated, his parents were tuned in, yet the disease so twisted his mind that he felt going out a ninth-floor window was his only option.

    Still, his story also affirms how resilient one life, and one family, can be.



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