Goold, the St. Louis Cardinals beat reporter for the Post-Dispatch, performed CPR on a man who collapsed in the Chicago Cubs’ dugout before Sunday’s game in St. Louis, according to the newspaper. After being treated by medical personnel and taken to a hospital, 64-year-old St. Louis-based videographer Mike Flanary is in “critical but stable” condition following a heart attack and a stroke, per the Post-Dispatch.
Several personnel on hand raved about Goold, who according to the paper is a longtime lifeguard and ex-Eagle Scout trained in CPR, for acting quickly.
“It was the early CPR by Derrick Goold that probably saved [Flanary’s] life,” Dr. David Tan, Sunday’s stadium doctor who works at Washington University, told the Post-Dispatch. “Derrick wasn’t afraid. He didn’t hesitate. And he did it.
“In the medical field, when you save somebody like this, they call it a clinical save. This is a clinical save that was started by Derrick Goold. Period.”
Goold stepped up when someone asked if anyone knew CPR, registered nurse and on-duty supervisor Bill Hayes told the paper.
Cardinals security director Phil Melcher expressed his appreciation.
“You cannot discount that, at all,” Melcher told the paper of Goold giving CPR. “I absolutely thanked him.”
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