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Wofford College football player goes into cardiac arrest during a game

August 21, 2019


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 Comments

  • Reply Hallking78 October 11, 2016 at 12:22 am

    my ad blocker quit working

  • Reply Peter Rodby October 18, 2016 at 9:21 am

    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.

  • Reply mr. beat the indian out of me July 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

    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.

  • Reply Dylan ___ August 4, 2017 at 1:53 am

    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.

  • Reply Tamma Lawon October 1, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Celeb from brataley had the same thing this football player has

  • Reply Crazy.Journey.Again October 23, 2017 at 4:22 am

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

  • Reply Ashton Larson October 25, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    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

  • Reply Alyssa C October 25, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    0:58 those words always give me the chills ever since Caleb Leblanc (from bratayley) died from that

  • Reply Eric Lopez October 26, 2017 at 3:33 am

    These guys need more cardio training.

  • Reply Keegan Grace October 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    if god had a plan for ya why tf do u got a heart problem

  • Reply legendary drg November 12, 2017 at 4:23 am

    i have that im 12

  • Reply Coop Playz November 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I thought he got arrested….

  • Reply Eddy X November 28, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Rather die than take an L, what a legend.

  • Reply Pure Absorb November 28, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Some lady died of a heart attack in the stands during one of my fball games

  • Reply Sam Wofford November 30, 2017 at 1:20 am

    I own this college

  • Reply Keith Purdue December 8, 2017 at 3:55 am

    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.

  • Reply Patty Man December 11, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Why my Wofford Terriers 😭

  • Reply boscoblack December 15, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Can't believe it's 2017 and people are still praying haha

  • Reply tammy2413 December 16, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Clemson Tigers

  • Reply Shelia Pea December 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Right.. Glory to God. Some guys have died. Take care of you

  • Reply Keith Purdue December 29, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    HCM used to be called HOCM. Not unusual in well-trained young athletes. Another is prolonged QT… genetic, not acquired.

  • Reply Caroline Nino Woods December 30, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Praise God!

  • Reply MrStGeorgeIllawarra February 2, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Don't play football.

  • Reply JoshMari Baila February 23, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    caleeeeeb😭😭😭😭

  • Reply Keith Purdue March 30, 2018 at 3:51 am

    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.

  • Reply Keith Purdue March 30, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Btw…."cardio training" is what can Cause HCM!

  • Reply DaSpoody v2 [Backup Account] April 15, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    1:10 gods plan

  • Reply Mason Remaley May 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Gods Plan

  • Reply Alex Lange November 3, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I'm so sorry

  • Reply //Leah\ January 11, 2019 at 12:29 am

    as soon as i heard hypertrophic cardiomyopathy i gasped and thought of caleb

  • Reply SenorCrazylegs February 18, 2019 at 12:03 am

    I hate it when God plans to kill me during my youth football games.

  • Reply Nancy Myers April 28, 2019 at 1:39 am

    I hope you are doing well now? with all my love to you

  • Reply Shirley King May 1, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    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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