Cards beat writer helps save life in Cubs dugout

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Monday, September 30, 2019

St. Louis Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold performed CPR on a man in distress Sunday in the Chicago Cubs dugout in St. Louis, helping to save his life.

The Cubs were about to announce that manager Joe Maddon would not be returning to the team, but there was a delay. That was becausevideographer Mike Flanary, 64, had collapsed and briefly did not have a pulse.

Goold, who works for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, performed CPR on Flanary before Cubs training staff and emergency medical personnel took over. According to the Post-Dispatch, Goold is a former lifeguard and Eagle Scout trained in CPR.

Medical officials told the Post-Dispatch that Flanary was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after suffering a heart attack and stroke.

"So many people are afraid of doing CPR. But, because of (Goold's) actions, he was the first link in that chain of survival," David Tan, the stadium doctor on duty at the park, told the newspaper.

"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. 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."

Good issued a statement on social media Monday:

"Thank you everyone for the kind words you've sent my way. The Cubs trainers, first-responders, and medical personnel at Busch Stadium deserve special recognition for their swift, expert, and life-saving actions Sunday. It is remarkable to watch many work together to do all they can for one person in need. I only did what many people would 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.

What matters most is Mr. Flanary's health and recovery. All of my thoughts are with him, his family, his colleagues and seeing him again at the ballpark."