Ty Solomon remembers sitting on the bench and talking to a teammate at PNC Arena on Saturday. Then he remembers waking up on a stretcher not knowing where he was.
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Solomon, a senior guard for South Carolina State, stopped breathing and collapsed early in the first half of the Bulldogs' loss at North Carolina State. Now stable and recovering in a Raleigh hospital, he shared what he remembers from the terrifying few minutes that he laid on the court.
“One of my teammates asked me what had he messed up on on defense,” Solomon told the Charlotte News & Observer. “I don’t remember but I think I waved him off, you know, don’t worry about it. Then one of my other teammates looked at me and said ‘Are you OK?’ I remember putting my head in my hands and leaning over. Cause we were down by probably 15 (points). Just frustrated because of the stuff that was happening.”
That's when he went unconscious and the coaching staff and players frantically called for help. The EMS crew arrived within a minute or two and, as the entire crowd watched in stunned silence, they used an external defibrillator to shock him.
“I woke up at the arena,” Solomon said. “I lifted my head up and I looked around and saw people. But I really wasn’t sure where I was at, really.”
Solomon, who is thankful he collapsed at a game where doctors and others could help him, does not have a history of cardiac issues.