Wofford College football player goes into cardiac arrest during a game

Wofford College football player goes into cardiac arrest during a game
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STAY WITH THE TEAM. MR. ROACH: JUST GRATEFUL TO BE HERE. MIKE: WHEN MICHAEL ROACH SAID THOSE WORDS THIS AFTERNOON, HE DIDN’T NECESSARILY MEAN “HERE” AS IN, “HERE AT THIS NEWS CONFERENCE.” MR. ROACH: I FEEL LIKE FOOTBALL KIND OF SAVED MY LIFE. MIKE: IT WAS LIFE AS PLANNED AT THIS GAME THURSDAY NIGHT. WOFFORD WAS PLAYING TENNESSEE TECH. MR. ROACH: I WAS TIRED, BUT EVERYBODY WAS TIRED, SO I DIDN’T THINK ANYTHING OF IT. MIKE: ROACH, A LINEBACKER FOR WOFFORD, COLLAPSED IN THE TEAM BENCH AREA.>>EMS, WE NEED YOU IMMEDIATELY. MIKE: HE WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST. FOR 45 SECONDS, HE HAD NO PULSE. THE ATHLETIC TRAINING STAFF, TEAM DOCTORS, AND OTHERS, WORKED TO BRING HIM BACK TO LIFE. AFTER HE LEFT ON A STRETCHER, THE TEAMS PAUSED FOR PRAYER. WITH ROACH’S LOVE OF FOOTBALL IN MIND, THE GAME WENT ON.>>I KNOW EVERYBODY HAS A LOT OF EMOTION RIGHT NOW, YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M SAYING? BUT I ASKED THE DOCTOR. THEY SAID HE WAS BREATHING. THEY GOT HIS HEART GOING. MIKE: ROACH LATER FOUND OUT THAT HE HAS A HEART CONDITION CALLED HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY. IT IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH IN YOUNG ATHLETES IN THE U.S. TYPICALLY, ONLY 5% OF PEOPLE SURVIVE AFTER GOING INTO CARDIAC ARREST. MR. ROACH: WE THINK THAT GOD HAD A PLAN FOR M HE WANTED ME TO GO DOWN AT THIS CERTAIN TIME, IN THIS SITUATIO WITH THE RIGHT MEDICAL HELP AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AROUND T BRING ME BACK. MIKE: ROACH BELIEVES TWO POSITIVES CAME FROM THAT DAY. ONE IS OBVIOUS. MR. ROACH: I FEEL PERFECTLY FINE. I FEEL LIKE I COULD GO OUT AND PLAY FOOTBALL STILL. MIKE: THE OTHER, WOFFORD BEAT TENNESSEE TECH, 21 TO 7. MR. ROACH: I’M JUST GLAD THAT THEY GOT IT TOGETHER AND GOT WIN, BEC AUSE THAT MAKES THIS WHOLE SITUATION A LOT BETTER, TOO, BECAUSE I WOULD’VE HATED TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN AND HAVE A LOSS, SO.

33 thoughts on “Wofford College football player goes into cardiac arrest during a game

  1. I had anoxic cardiomyopathy in 2010 when I was 45 yrs old. I was living recklessly working insane hours and drinking caffeinated beverages like water. Welcome to a second chance at life Michael. There's a reason for everything that happens.

  2. i m living with this condition. i stay at home all the time. before when i stop at traffic lights or stuck in crowded place my heart just gives up. i m not taking any medication for last four years i m just surviving. and cardiac arrest is different from heart attack and brain stoke.

  3. I went through the same as him except I had no pulse for 34 mins. I would rather have no plus for 45 seconds rather than 34 mins. It take a big toll on your body after being gone for that long. Coming from an athlete as well I just hope he can play football cuz I can't anymore and if he can't I know how hard it really is not being able to play football.

  4. This is why u get a fkn thorough physical before sports. It should be required to have heart and brain work up done.

  5. This kid on my 6th grade football team hit a kid so hard an ambulance had to come pick the kid up and take him to the hospital, it was a clean it

  6. HOCM is common in ultra-trained young athletes. lt is usually caused by extreme workouts over a long time. lt can also be genetic. ln Europe, it is mandated that all athletes be tested for it and, if found, they get an ICD. lt was a common cause of death in soccer players. CPR and rapid use of AEDS save lives.

  7. Many survive HCM heart attacks if immediate CPR and AED use happens. HCM can be inherited, or can happen due to high workout levels. Soccer is a prime example.

  8. I have the same thing they said it’s hereditary. I felt the same way left work as an EMT and was driving home. And started to have blacking out and tightness in my chest. I pulled over and called 911 ironically. Was taken to the ER and went into cardiac arrest not long after I was there. We are very lucky! Cardiomyopathy forms can be so deadly.

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