Cardinals reporter Derrick Goold helps save man’s life in St. Louis

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold helped save a man’s life in the dugout at Busch Stadium. The incident happened before the Chicago Cubs played the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, Missouri.

Goold saw 64-year-old videographer Mike Flanary collapse in the Cubs dugout. Flanary reportedly was without a pulse when Goold decided to act.

Ambulance at a Hospital
Ambulance at a Hospital (Photo by Pixabay)

He was able to perform CPR on Flanary. The Cubs training and medical staff were able to help Goold tend to Flanary, before he was transported to Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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At this time, Flanary is considered “critical but stable” following a heart attack and a stroke. Tan was the stadium doctor at Busch Stadium on Sunday.

“So many people are afraid of doing CPR. But, because of [Goold’s] actions, he was the first link in that chain of survival,” Busch Stadium doctor David Tan told the Post-Dispatch. “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.”

Flanary’s collapsing happened moments before the Cubs announced that Joe Maddon would not return in 2020. He will now seek employment elsewhere.

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We are sending our best to Flanary, as he attempts to beat the heart attack and stroke that he suffered. Dr. Tan is thanking Goold for being at the right moment at the right time.

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