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ace Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:31am

I had a 13 year old player go down tonight between quaters with a massive heart attack. I called game before anyone ever called 911. It took paramedics 6 minutes to get to the site, everyone was quite shaken up. A registerd nurse and a trained coach(required by the state) were preforming CPR. Paramedics had us clear the gym of everyone. Took them 15-20 minutes to get him with a stable pulse. Shockedh im 8-10 times. They assisted breathing. I went over to the 8th grade gym and had them call game and clear out as requested by paramedics. Everyone was gone as they wheeled him out. I met my co-official at the hospital to see a still very shaken up coach waiting for the boys mother who was not at the game but was on her way to the hospital. They were transporting him to a downtown hospital via LifeFlight as I was leaving. It is very uncertain weather or not he'll make it trough the night tonight. Brents mom walked in and saw us standing in the waiting room and saw our jackets. She walked up to us and said "I dont care what anyone has ever said about referees, but it touches me deep within to my heart that you guys cared enough to come to the hospital thank you"

Something that happens to one out of every 10,000 of us I bet. My mentor said he had this happen to him 2 years ago in a varsity game. Tommorow night is an off-night for me. I don't know if thats a good thing or not. But I pick back up friday night with freshman boys and a ms girls league on saturday.

I thought long and hard before posting this but its like the only thing I want to do is talk about it. His birthday is saturday. The KIDS ONLY 13 YEARS OLD!!!!

JRutledge Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:41am

Show Nuf!!!
Consider it done.

Kind of keeps things in perspective.


Daryl H. Long Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:51am

Consider your request honored.

You are a wonderful person to make this request. It attests to your character and certainly has made a great impression on this young man's mother.

Let you know in a future post a similar situation that happened while I was umpiring. Mine has a positive ending.

Sometimes we don't always understand why things happen but we can be assured that God is just and merciful and nothing can shake our faith in Him.

rcwilco Thu Jan 15, 2004 01:00am

My prayers are with him and his family and I hope all is well with you as you move on. I spent 18 years with the paramedics and saw similiar situations many times and it is always difficult for everyone. I am sure that regardless of the individual religious or spiritual philosophies, that all on the board join with us in this.

BktBallRef Thu Jan 15, 2004 01:13am


Originally posted by ace
Tommorow night is an off-night for me. I don't know if thats a good thing or not. But I pick back up friday night with freshman boys and a ms girls league on saturday.
Personally, I would probably have a tough time wokring a game tomorrow night if I were in your shoes. it's probably best you're off.

We had a 38 year old football official collapse and die on the field during a rec game about 5 years ago. This guy was in the Air Force, the picture of health. You never know.

Keep us updated on the young man's condition. We'll keep him in our prayers.

robertclasalle Thu Jan 15, 2004 06:05am

I can't even imagine the grief that family is experiencing. My daughter is 13. She plays basketball on 2 teams. This is every parent's nightmare. We will pray for him. Thanks for posting this and please let us know what happens.

som44 Thu Jan 15, 2004 07:53am

My prayers are with you--better yet i have a mom i am sure is in heaven--i will ask her for some divine intervention also.

ace Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:14am

THANK YOU GUYS so much for the prayer.. I got a call from one of the coaches this morning, he's at the downtown hospital in critical but stable condition. Him making it through the night was the most important thing and he did it! He's still got a lot of fighting to do.

[Edited by ace on Jan 15th, 2004 at 09:47 AM]

TPS2859 Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:22am

I can help not crying as I read your thread. My kids are a little older and I cant imagine what the family is going threw. My prayers are with them!

Adam Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:26am

Ace, thanks for including us in your situation. As Rut said, it puts it all into perspective. Thanks also for updating the board.

TPS2859 Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:26am

Last thought, any chance you could post the players school and his name so we all here on the forum could send cards? That would say alot about us reffs that we actually do have harts and feelings.

ace Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:48am

TPS at this time I cant release anything that I already haven't. The school and district are waiting to make a formal statement. Until then I can only discuss specifics within our officiating chapter and the school.

TPS2859 Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:25am

Thanks, keep us all posted.

ChuckElias Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:47am

ace, I am not trying to get you divulge more than you should. But if anyone is really eager to send a card, perhaps you could tell us the player's first name and your address and they could send the card to you. Just a thought.

David B Thu Jan 15, 2004 02:16pm

Praying for him and his family
Have been away from the board a few days, but just read this request.

Your request will be honored. We will be praying for the boy and his family.


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