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Michael Roach

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:00 pm
by boulder3m
If you look up Sudden Cardiac Arrest you find that it happens to roughly 350,000 people per year and that approximately 90% of them die. Had Michael not been in the immediate presence of trained professionals there is a very good chance that today would be a devastating day for his family and the whole Wofford family. The ability to save a life with the current CPR techniques is available to everyone. If you have ever been in the presence of anyone who died of SCA you will never forget it, and you will not want it to happen again without making an attempt to help. Regardless of the outcome for Michael he is a lucky guy, and we are very fortunate that the circumstances were not different. Welcome back, Michael.

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:49 pm
by woffordgrad94
I am glad to find out this young man is OK. There is no doubt that God has a plan for him.

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:14 am
by Loyalterrier
A tweet from MR

Michael Roach ‏@_michaelroach_ · Sep 1

Thanks to all who prayed and reached out to me. It truly means more than you know. Proud of my brothers for getting the W! I'll be back soon

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:36 pm
by walliver
http://woffordterriers.com/news/2016/9/ ... roach.aspx

Latest update. He is a very lucky young man, only 5% survive this.

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:48 pm
by youngterrier
Thankfully he's part of the 5% and for that we're all thankful.

Unfortunately it looks like this is a career ender for him :?

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:29 pm
by Ruckus
At this point, it does not matter.
So thankful he is ok. He has a bright future with or without football. This is what Wofford is all about.

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:22 pm
by Eyes of Old Main
What an absolute testament to the kind of guys Wofford has in it's program. At a time when Michael Roach's entire world has been turned upside down and his entire future has changed in a moment he takes the time to thank everyone who helped him individually by name. His football career may be over, but without a doubt, he embodies what it means to be a Terrier. I am so thrilled that the right care was available at the right time and place for him and that he beat those long odds. The future holds great things for Michael and I know we will all be as proud of his accomplishments off the field in the future as we have been with what he has done on the field.

Also, what a great testament to the Cookeville, Tennessee and Tennessee Tech communities. They truly have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The care and attention they have shown says a lot about them and will be something that the Wofford community should always remember them for. I know OOC schedule is a tough thing, but these are the sort of people that I would like Wofford to continue playing and I hope we see them on future schedules.

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:11 pm
by boulder3m
I second every thought by others on this post. Mike answered every tweet as well, and I think he comprehends what happened and the magnitude. He is one of God's chosen folks, and he will make a difference.
On a personal note, I went back and watched what was online from the OVC feed. After Mike was taken away with a beating heart and evidently communicating, we saw Coach Ayers gather the team around him and give what appeared to be a passionate speech. When he was finished, he slipped out of the huddle to let the team gather together. You could see Coach as he escaped the huddle take off his cap to wipe his face. The pain was inescapable, but my guess is that he delivered one of his greatest speeches. Wofford is a family, and a pretty small one, as colleges and universities go. We don't grieve for the loss of a playing career, but rejoice for a life. This could have happened in so many places that Mike wouldn't have gotten the help needed to keep living, and we can all name those places. I hope to see him prowling the sidelines or helping out in the booth with the coaches, and I hope he has a BIG smile on his face!!!

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:56 pm
by dungeonjoe
In my life, I have never seen a moment like that time Thursday night at TTU. 45 seconds prior, the crowd was divided cheering for their favorite team. Then, we were all united as one in prayer and hope, spectators of a life and death fight on the sidelines. I will never, never forget the shout of "clear!" as the worked on this young man with a defibulator and the crowd moaned. Watching the athletes in the center of the field---powerful.

I don't know how the coaches were able to get those young men (and themselves) focused to play the rest of the game (and so well at that). Hats off to them, the training staff, the TTU staff and the city for their outstanding work and sportsmanship.

There are some things that transcend sport; we witnessed one of those things Thursday night.

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:06 pm
by ARTerrier
I will never forget the P.A. announcer's plea of "EMS, we need you immediately," as the emergency personnel with the defibrillator were first walking slowly towards the sideline. They then broke into a jog and, as dungeonjoe said, the stadium was so still that you could hear them shout "Clear!" as they worked on him. My feet were shaking the entire time and I'm not sure they stopped even after the subsequent announcement that he was responsive. I am unimaginably thankful that he is alive today. That was so much more than football.

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:28 am
by boulder3m
One other thing perhaps a little overlooked is the total preparedness of everyone in the situation. Wofford's medical staff, including trainers and doctors, were right on top of the situation. The TTU trainers and doctors came quickly to help. TTU had an ambulance and EMS on site and in position to help and then proceed to the hospital. That all were prepared and completely competent was NO ACCIDENT. Kudos to all from both Athletic Directors on down.

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:40 pm
by lawdog
ART, beautifully said ... got a lump in the old throat.

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:48 pm
by ARTerrier
Story from Shanesy: http://tinyurl.com/z2htqye
Video: http://www.tout.com/m/8yxqth

Thinking about this the other day:
“The game of football really did save my life and give me a second chance,” Roach said. “This could’ve happened anywhere. It could’ve happened when I was out by myself doing anything, riding a bike or running or something like that. I am extremely fortunate.”


Scary as it was, this was actually a blessing in disguise; given that Roach's condition was hereditary, this could have happened anywhere, especially somewhere without medical personnel on hand. Thankful that it worked out this way and hope him the best in the future.

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:03 pm
by Buckeyeterrier
A blessing indeed. HCM is what took Hank Gathers' life; unfortunately it wasn't diagnosed until his autopsy. Michael is so fortunate to have received the immediate care that he did, and for this to happen when/where it did. Here's Gathers' Wiki page for those that don't know the story. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Gathers

Re: Michael Roach

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:17 pm
by walliver
Buckeyeterrier wrote:A blessing indeed. HCM is what took Hank Gathers' life; unfortunately it wasn't diagnosed until his autopsy. Michael is so fortunate to have received the immediate care that he did, and for this to happen when/where it did. Here's Gathers' Wiki page for those that don't know the story. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Gathers

It also killed a high school player in Lexington this summer.
http://www.thestate.com/news/local/arti ... 34652.html

The coroner's commentary is somewhat misleading. Routine EKG's are not generally recommended in the US, although there is a great deal of controversy on how to handle heart screening for athletes.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1994446/

An easier-to-read article:
http://news.heart.org/screening-young-a ... t-disease/