I was watching the Pistons/Cav’s game Friday night when there was a true OMG! moment. Piston’s player Rodney Stuckey walked over to the sidelines at the beginning of a time out to speak to a teammate. He felt light headed, and ended up passing out in the arms of the team trainer. He did not immediately regain consciousness.
Trainers and medical personnel from both teams rushed over to help him. Paramedics appeared with a stretcher immediately, and security formed a line to guarantee that the paramedics could get the stretcher out of the arena so Stuckey could be taken to the hospital;
Floor commentator Lisa Salter (Lisa – I hope I have your last name spelled correctly!) indicated that Stuckey may have had a seizure, although she emphasized that this was not a known fact. The network took the coverage immediately to the halftime team, so that there would not be unnecessary video of Stuckey being treated. The half-time team did a wonderful job of not adding fuel to the fire – their commentary was knowledgible, gracious, and caring.
I sat there in shock and tears – but very pleased that everyone was stepping up and doing what they could to help Rodney Stuckey. I read yesterday that it had not been determined what happened to him, but that he was being released from the hospital.
This reminded me so much of the movie “Airport”, starring George Kennedy. In that movie a severely damaged plane, with injured crew and passengers, is coming in to land at a major airport that is itself dealing with snowy, icy conditions. The “shirts” from the major airlines cannot seem to get together to clear a runway for the landing.
George Kennedy, playing the character of maintenance crew chief for the airline with the damaged plane, personally contacts the maintenance crew chiefs from the other airlines. Yes, all of the airline maintenance crews act together to clear that runway, and light it for the landing. The plane lands safely, and lives are saved.
This is the movies, and this is what is “supposed” to happen in the movies. I just saw this happen in real life – it was nice to know that people can step up, that they can do what they need to do, when there isn’t really time to “think things through”. My personal thanks to everyone who stepped up and helped Rodney Stuckey. May we all fnd this courage within ourselves whenever needed.
© March 2010 Bonnie Cehovet