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Nets trainer Tim Walsh helps save scout Jim Sann’s life
By Andrew Scott Thursday, 5 February 2015 03:46
It was reported that Jim Sann, advance scout, suffered what was a mild heart attack during practice held on Sunday, and he entered cardiac arrest, but Walsh and Brooklyn’s training staff were able to keep him alive as they performed CPR and used a defibrillator.
“It was definitely one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen,” said Deron Williams, point guard for the Nets. “I just pray (Jim) makes a full, speedy recovery and he gets back out there.”
Coach Lionel Hollins then said: “We’re thankful that Jim is alive and everything worked out for him. Tim did his job, and he did it good.”
“It’s miraculous,” Sann said. “It’s even beyond miraculous.”
Walsh also had a key role, to not mention Dr. Michael Farber – the team’s doctor – when it came to getting Mirza Teletovic to receive a CT scan after being released from an LA hospital late in January, after the player was complaining of shortness of breath in a Clippers-Nets game. Tests showed that Teletovic’s lungs had several blood clots, and the power forward won’t be able to play this season.
When practice was being held, Sann said that he started to feel in his chest a “burning sensation”, but wasn’t very worried about it. He took some medication for heartburn and thought that no problems would happen, but pay per head services found out that things did not go as planned.
“Usually on a scale of 1 to 10, the burning is a 4,” said Sann. “This was like a 15. This was going on, and then all of a sudden I was like, ‘Holy (expletive).’ So I walked over to the basket stanchion, sat down, and that’s the last thing I remember.”
The 46-year-old trainer, who thought that he couldn’t suffer something like this due to his healthy lifestyle, once blacked out before being resuscitated. He feels lucky to be alive, as his wife passed away from cancer and he has two children.
“I had warning signs for weeks that this was going to happen, and I was stupid about it,” Sann said when he spoke Yahoo! Sports, who were the first to report the incident involving Sann. “And my two kids were almost orphans because of that.”