He carried out the lifesaving procedure until the Cubs’ medical staff was able to intervene, the Post-Dispatch reports. The incident took place moments before the Cubs announced their manager, Joe Maddon, would not return to the team next season.
Apologies #Cubs fans on falling behind w/today's news. The photographer we were working w/in STL suffered a heart attack & stroke in the dugout prior to Maddon's announcement. He is now in stable condition in the cardiac recovery room, but please keep him in your prayers.— Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) September 29, 2019
Flanary, who is based in St. Louis but was working for a Chicago television affiliate, had reportedly suffered a heart attack and stroke, according to the Post-Dispatch. He was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and listed in “critical but stable condition.” The Cardinals did not return a request for comment from The Washington Post late Sunday, but medical staff and security at the stadium commended Goold for his efforts.
“So many people are afraid of doing CPR. But, because of [Goold’s] actions, he was the first link in that chain of survival,” Washington University Professor David Tan, who was the stadium doctor Sunday at Busch Stadium, told the Post-Dispatch. “It’s fabulous. It was the early CPR by Derrick Goold that probably saved his life. Derrick wasn’t afraid. He didn’t hesitate. And he did it.”
Goold, who served as president of the Baseball Writer’s Association in 2016, on Sunday responded to reports about the incident in a tweet, writing that he “Only tried to do what’s right.” In a statement posted to Twitter on Monday, he wrote the Cubs trainers and other medical personnel at the stadium in St. Louis on Sunday also deserved to be recognized for their response.
“It is remarkable to watch many work together to do all they can for one person in need,” he said in the statement. “I only did what many people would have in the same situation, what many others have been able to do because of CPR training, and what many more will do today to help when called upon.”
Thanks, friend. Only tried to do what's right, as you and so many of my friends would do as well.— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) September 29, 2019
His wife, Erika Ebsworth-Goold, elaborated a bit more while praising her husband, whom she called a “dogged, intrepid reporter and an incredible writer.”
“More importantly, [Derrick Goold] is also a damn good person, who jumps in to help when and where he is needed,” Ebsworth-Goold wrote on Twitter. “Hoping the gentleman he assisted today makes a full and quick recovery.”
It’s worth noting that even after his heroics, Goold’s work wasn’t finished. He still managed to file a story Sunday detailing how the Cardinals had clinched the National League Central title.
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