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February 4, 2005
Volume 42, No. 7

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Hawkeye docs and trainers think fast and score with lifesaving move at football game dinner


 

Without a doubt, “Tate-to-Holloway” ranks as one of the greatest moments in Hawkeye football history. But for one Orlando, Fla., man, it was the heady performance of the team’s medical staff that was truly unforgettable.

On Christmas night, one week before the Iowa-Louisiana State University Capital One Bowl contest, the Hawkeye football team, coaches, staff, and their families were enjoying a banquet in the Orlando Peabody Hotel when one of the wait staff collapsed. Joseph Chuva, 50, had suffered a heart attack while carrying a tray of dishes.

Iowa team physicians Ned Amendola and Paul Baumert, as well as athletic training staff members Russ Haynes, Paul Federici, and Kristi Davidson, sprang into action. Amendola and Baumert immediately administered CPR. An automated external defibrillator nearby was quickly brought in, and the electric shock and continued CPR helped the man regain a pulse. The group stayed with Chuva until paramedics arrived.

“It all happened very quickly,” says Baumert, who also is a physician in UI Student Health Service. “It almost seems like a dream sequence to me now. It was one of those situations where training and experience sort of take over. Seeing him minutes later conscious and talking to the paramedics was tremendously satisfying.”

“It’s definitely a ‘feel good’ story,” adds head team physician Amendola, professor of orthopaedics and medical director of the Sports Medicine Center in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

“This event affected everyone in the room,” Baumert says. “Throughout that night and the rest of the trip, people seemed to be looking at each other and thinking, ‘Wow, life is good, you know?’”

Chuva was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he underwent successful quintuple-bypass surgery.

John Streif, UI trainer and travel coordinator for the Athletic Department, made time to visit Chuva and his family at the hospital two days before the game.

Streif brought Hawkeye memorabilia and the team’s wishes for a speedy recovery.

“He looked outstanding and was doing very well. He was very appreciative of the doctors’ efforts,” Streif says.

Chuva himself is emphatic.

“It’s the gift of life, man!” he said from his home late in January. “I’m just so grateful that [the Hawkeye] team happened to be there. It’s amazing!”

And what does Chuva think of the Capital One Bowl outcome?

“Awesome game!” he said. “That man Tate looked a little desperate, but he came through in the end. That’s when true champions show their skills.”

He was referring to the play on the field, but Chuva’s words sound like an apt description of the Hawkeye medical and athletic training staff, as well.

by David Pedersen

 

 

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