Another Dead Triathlete, Another 13 Year-Old with a Stroke -- Wait, Did You Say...? The Rise of the Medical Emergency, Pt. 11
They're gonna have to add a casket-drag event to the traditional triathlon
May 28 — ‘In a statement posted on Facebook, Activity Events Wales - which runs the event with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) - said: "It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the passing of an athlete during the swim section of today's triathlon.
Our most sincere condolences go out to the family […]”’
“The Welsh Ambulance Service told Sky News they were called to a medical emergency at 9.15am in Swansea.”
‘"We were also supported by St John's Ambulance. This is all the information we can provide at this time."’
Two stories today are from Washington State, specifically Western Washington, which is a highly shotted area.
A high schooler. We don’t know what happened. They tell us she lives.
May 28 — “The Napavine High School athletic department confirmed to The Chronicle on Sunday that sprinter Maddie Dickinson, who collapsed at the 1B/2B/1A state track and field championships in Yakima last Friday [May 26], is not in critical condition.”
‘“I can definitely confirm that she is alive, is receiving treatment, and is not in critical condition,” Napavine Athletic Director Josh Fay said in a statement.’
May 29 — “A 13-year-old boy who suffered a stroke during a football match has been inundated with messages of support from famous names in the sport.”
“The teenager [was] sent a signed Norwich City FC shirt and received video messages from current and past Premier League footballers.”
“[The teen] was playing in goal for Thetford Bulldogs FC, playing an under-13s side from Horsford at Thetford Grammar School, when his family noticed bruising in the corner of his right eye at half time.
He was struggling with breathing and was taken home at half time.
Scans at West Suffolk Hospital, and later Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, revealed he had suffered a stroke most likely caused by narrowed blood vessels in his brain.”
“He was paralysed down his right-hand side on the Tuesday but has since been able to move his right arm to shoulder height and walk up to eight metres.”
May 27 — “Athletes from the Lancaster All-Stars and Berks-Lebanon All-Stars teams were playing during the 7 p.m. game when tragedy struck.
A man watching the game, suddenly having a medical emergency, needing immediate medical care from staff.”
“The status of the man is unclear at this time but he is wished a very fast and safe recovery.”
Once someone posts it on Reddit, Disney reports it on their website.
May 27 — ‘“As my wife and I were exiting Big Thunder Mountain we saw a group of people surrounding a man on the floor while another gentleman had started chest compressions. His shirt was ripped off and he was simply laying there unconscious. The image won’t leave my head and I’m just praying that man is okay and that his loved ones are okay as well. I’m sorry for such a sad post on such a happy forum but it really hit me hard about life today.”’
‘“I was amazed last night at all the help that man received. Strangers doing cpr or holding up a flash light to help responders see more easily. It was shocking but also now looking at it this morning, amazing. Amazing to see the kindness of people to stop and help. What a good world…”’
Imagine going to Disneyland and seeing people holding up flashlights to help the emergency responders. I like the fact that spell-check doesn’t like the word “responder.” It’s a silly word, isn’t it?
This last one is just suspicious. Nothing in the story about a medical event. Or anything. But Centralia is a small town, and this is a slow road. I hope we can find out more tomorrow.
May 26 — “The Visiting Nurses thrift shop was forced to close Thursday morning after a vehicle drove into the building off of Pearl Street in Centralia.
Centralia police had not released additional details on the crash as of The Chronicle’s deadline […]”
“This story will be updated when additional information becomes available.”
That’s about it on that story. Single-car crashes are always suspicious. This one looks pretty bad. But we don’t have much information, and these kinds of accidents do happen. We’ll see after the long weekend.
Happy Memorial Day, everybody.