- 18 Sep
The Horsemen’s Health System funded by the MTHA and Maryland Jockey Club has been an invaluable asset, and it certainly proved its worth Sept. 16 at Laurel Park.
A New York-based groom was stricken—it was determined to be a heart attack—and fell to the ground while holding his horse. Dr. Kelly Ryan of MedStar Sports Medicine, which provides health services on live racing days in Maryland, was alerted and within minutes made her way from her office in the grandstand to the paddock.
The man had no heart beat when Ryan arrived. She used an automatic external defibrillator and CPR to revive him just before an Anne Arundel County ambulance arrived to transport him to a local hospital. He was alert and able to speak at that time.