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by Paul on 11/22/05 at 09:14 AM ET
The Wings will update the media at 1pm today with a status report on the condition of Fisher.
As we all know, Fischer's heart had stopped and CPR was performed while he was lying in the bench zone. Most likely the combination of CPR and the use of an auto defibrillator saved his life.
Watching the game on TV and seeing a problem near the bench area, my first reaction was someone had fallen from their seat in the area right above the bench area. Even as doctors were about to perform CPR, you could not see a Wings jersey in the area. Then Ken Daniels informed us it was a Red Wings, so immediately my eyes started glancing at the players who were standing, trying to figure out who was missing. Knowing that the end of the bench is for the defensemen, my first thought was Chelios because of his age but I saw his number along with Lidstrom. Then a memory flashed in my head that Fischer had some heart issues earlier in his career and I thought the worst.
Again, without quick medical attention, we may be talking about something much more serious than Fischer recovering today.
, Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press columnist,
So where were you when it happened? At the Red Wings game? Watching on TV? Or nowhere near it -- buying late-night groceries or helping your kids with homework?
It didn't matter. This town spreads sports news faster than warriors used to spread word of oncoming armies. So wherever you were Monday night when Jiri Fischer slumped forward on the Wings' bench, the victim of what they later called a "seizure," and coaches waved frantically for help, and fans held worried hands to their mouths, and the EMS people arrived, and Steve Yzerman and Kris Draper skated a stretcher across the ice -- wherever you were, you were there.
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