|April 1, 2008|
|Topic: General and miscellaneous|
Discussion: Medical Emergency When Out Of Town
In response about the Mesquite medicial emergency. I am , Steve Lents, the manager of the Scrap Iron Diamonds-60-AA team. We indeed lost one of our players. He was our short-stop Edgar(Ed) Frank Rothe of Longmont, Colo. After collasping on the field, he recovered saying he felt ok, and was helped off the field. Shortly after, it turned critical and 911 was called. Unfortunately, a Colorado cell was used and a lot of time was lost getting the call transfered to Mesquite. We had medicial cards on most of our players but not for Ed. Ed passed away at the hospital about an hour & a half later. Cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, not a heart attack. There was no defibulator available at the park.
We have since been told that in ED's condition a defibulator would not have helped, but a blood thinner to break-up the clotting might have helped. We have also learned that the WinterCrest group from St George will be donating a portable defibulator to be used at Pioneer Park in Mesquite. The Mesquite folks will also be looking into a more direct line to the EMS-911.
I would like to thank everyone for your concern and condolences. Ed was laid to rest on Monday, Mar 31st in Lyons, Colo