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North Texas man falls from balcony at fraternity house

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A North Texas college student is in intensive care at Parkland Memorial Hospital after falling 15 feet outside of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house.

It happened on the campus at the University of North Texas at Denton on Jan. 26 during Rush Week.   The event allows sororities and fraternities to interview prospective members.

The family of Dustin Starks said he was in the fraternity house, but somehow fell from a balcony.

"He's almost in a vegetative state, he can't move," said the man's father, Thomas Starks.

Dustin has a fractured skull and spine.

"The bits and pieces that we're getting is that he fell from a balcony 15 feet and hit the back of his head on a hardwood floor," his father said.

Dustin is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, but Saturday night he was reportedly partying at the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house at UNT.

Pictures of the fraternity house show the stairwell and balcony where he supposedly fell.

"I don't think he could have sustained those kinds of injuries from that fall," said Starks.

University leaders would not talk about the circumstances surrounding Saturday's incident and would only say the school's police department is investigating the incident.

"Every member of our student community is a member of our family and we are deeply concerned for his well-being," said Kelley Reese, UNT Spokesperson.

His father said he had hoped his son's fraternity brothers would have come to see about him, but that has not happened.

"That's the thing about the frats, it's a brotherhood and you would think someone would be here contacting us, you know, nothing," he said.

But, plenty of others have reached out.  Dustin's Facebook page is full of well wishes and prayers for his full recovery.

"It's going to be a hard fight, but my son's strong," said Starks.

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