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    Post #8038 The ME's report... Reply

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    I will do my best early next week to get a hold of the interviews which today's story referenced. However, for now, here is the medical examiner's report on the cause of death...

    Medical Examiner Case No. 2005-220 Name O'Neal, Aaron
    Cause of death: Lymphocyctic Meningitis, probable viral etiology
    Manner of Death: Natural
    How Incident Occurred:

    Rationale for Classification: The deceased was a 19 year old, four sport athlete who was taking part in a "voluntary" strength and agility training. He came to the University of Missouri in the summer of 2004 and stayed on at the University as a student. The voluntary training runs for a total of 26 workouts, 8 hours a week and started on the 6th of June. the day that he died was a Tuesday the 12th of July 2004. on Mondays the athletes worked on speed technique. On Tuesdays it was agility and lateral movement followed by an hour of weight lifting. The temperature at 2 p.m. on that day was 83 degrees with the humidity at 55 to 56%. The dew point was 63 and the barometer reading was 29.98.

    The temperature at 3 p.m. was 84 deegrees, the dew point and humidity were the same and the barometer was 29.96

    The temperature at 4 p.m. was 83 degreees, the dew point was 67 and the barometer was the same as it was at 3 p.m. The humidity was the same as in the previous two hours.

    The training session on Tuesday started at 1:33 p.m. There was a 15 minute "dynamic" warm up and a 2 minut "stretch."

    there were 6 stations for the 12 players in the afternoon session. There was enough water at every station in addition to water bottles for each of the players.

    The first station was a "20 yard drill" to be completed in 4.6 seconds and Aaron did two of those at that speed.

    The second station was "3 cone agility" in the 30 yard distance. Aaron could complete this in seven seconds and he did two repos of this with no apparent problem.

    The third station was "RACE drill" (reaction, acceleration, change of direction and effort) This took ten seconds for one rep.

    The fourth station "5 cone agility" with 40 yards and 80 yards. Aaron completed that with no apparent problem.

    The fift station "6 bag drill" with a total of 60 yards that normally takes 8 seconds to complete. the first time Aaron did not do it at full effort (this was obvious to the staff) and so had to repeat the drill which he did at full effort.

    The sixth station was "combination agility" and consisted of four different drills. Each one lasted from 6 to 8 seconds.

    The 12 players were grouped into threes. There was a 4 to 1 ratio of rest to work for the 12 players. Aaron was in the last group of three. The first three drills were completed successfully. At the fourth drill the group of three had to repeat the drill because of another player. The next time they had to repeat the drill was because of Aaron. He should have jogged rather than walked to the starting line. They had to repeat it again and this time Aaron walked an jogged. he was "sluggish" and "shuffling rather than jogging." During the bear crawl "he was on his hands and knees rahter than on his hands and fee.t" this again was extremely unusual for Aaron.

    One of his teammates asked him what the problem was and Aaron replied that he had not eaten that day. Supposedly Aaron had not performed well on the 10th of June 2005 and that day also supposedly he had not eaten. On that occasion however he did not lie on the turf or display thee unusual behavior that he did on this day. Hence this teime around his below par performance was attributed to that factor.

    The coach blewe the whistle for the "post stretch." During the stretch Aaron was unsteady. The stretch consisted of a forward bend to the crossed feet. Aaron seemed to be repeatedly losing his balance. "he was wobbling."

    Then the coach talked to all the players with the usual post drill announcements. Aaron was at the back of the group and he leaned on the shoulder of one of the players. He was heared to say "Oh gosh" and then went to the ground "slowly" first on his hands and then on his knees and finally lay down on the turf. This is an "unwritten" violation of an "unwritten rule" though an occasional player has done this in the past. Aaron has never done this before and this was highly unusual for him. Aaron stated to two people on the field, one a player and one a coach, that he could not see and that his vision was blurred.

    When the coach observed Aaron lying on the turf he asked all the players to move forward so that a staff trainer could render assistance to Aaron. the individual approached and state that there weas nothing that could be done. Just to give a brief insight into Aaron as a player: both his teammates and teh coaching staff stated that he never complained. He knew what had to be done and just did it. One of the coaches describes Aaron as a "tenacious competitor" and that "he did not ever give up." This opinion was gotten from everyone interviewed.

    One of the staff assisted Aaron to get up and walk to his weight lifting group (still on the field). After the group instructions Aaron walked off the field and was assisted by another player off the field for the last 20 or so yards to the locker room. The assistance consisted of Aaron putting his arm on his teammate's shoulder.

    Once in the locker room Aaron leaned his back on the wall and just slid to the floor and the proceeded to lie on the floor. His teammates were all the time encouraging him to get up and he kep saying that he could not get up and that he was exhausted. One player observed that "he was stuttering and deep breathing." A staff person stated that "he looked like he was passed out drunk." At this time he was not talking. Conversations with Aaron at this time were one sided.

    In the locker room a player poured water on him and noted that his tongue was white and he cradeled his head and gave him water to drink which Aaron spat out. They tried to slap his face to get him up. He was "deep breathing" at this time. He was "gasping and moaning" and now the staf personand player tried to get him up but could not because Aaron was limp and could not assist them in picking him up off the ground where he lay. the staff person then decided to get help and went to look for someone to assist. he spotted a landscape truck and got the driver to back up to the locker room. With a great deal of difficulty )Aaron kept slipping through their arms as they tried to lift him up off the ground) they put Aaron in the truck. Aaron was seated between a staff person and the driver of the truck. He could not hold his head up and the staff person held his head up by holding onto his chin. he was taken to the training center. Throughout the ride to the training center, there was no verbal response from Aaron. He was unconscious. The player that assisted in putting Aaron in the truck traveled in the truck, but at the back. While in the locker room and the truck Aaron was moaning.

    He was then carried into the training center and placed on a table. A staff person checked for a pulese nad noted that he had a weak pulse. At one point there was no pulse. The staff person decided to use the AED; however the monitor said "no shock advised." Rescue was called. During this entire time Aaron was unconcsious. The body temperature was not recorded. The opinion of everyone interviewed who were either working out with him that day or observing as staff was that the day was not excessively hot and that the training schedule for the day was not overly strenuous.

    The autopsy revealed a well nourished , well built, muscular, 19 year old male. There was no trauma to the body. The brain was exxamined by a neuropathologst. the brain was edematous and there was a lymphocytic meningitis and evidence of sickling in the vessels. This same finding (sickling) was evident in the vessels of all the organs that were examined microscopically. The postmortem blood was examined for hemoglobinopathies ad he was found to have the sickle cell trait. The heart was emained by a cardiac pathologist. he determined that the deceased had changes that are seen in athletes. there was no pathology in the heart to account for the death. The rest of the organs did not show any pathology that could have resulted in his death. the toxicology was negative for drugs and alcohol including ephedrine and pseudo ephedrine. Additional testing for steroids was also negative. The toxicology was submitted to two independent laboratories. The lungs showed edema and congeestions.

    Reviewing all the symptoms and sings that Aaron displayed both on and off the football field that day his death was clearly neorological and not cardiac based on his inability to get up, the visual diffulty as voiced by Aaron to two people on the field at two different times, the "wobbling" and "shuffling" on the field, the "off balance", the extended period of respiratory difficulty well demonstrated by an eye witness who describes both the labored breathing and the agonal breathing. The cardiac rhythm was never one of rhythm disturbance but rather asystole. The heat factore that day and the training program in place was the same for all the players and not unique to Aaron. The environmental factor hence was not an issue in this death. It was the human factor, i.e, the neurological findings at autopsy that caused his demise.

    Based on the extensive data base surrounding the circumstances of this death the cause and manner of death are as listed above.

  • #2
    Honestly, and I'm really not trying to be a dick...

    But why does this need to be posted?

    We know there was negligence on the part of the Mizzou staff...

    Why beat a dead horse?

    The guy should have been taken to the hospital, or 911 called...

    Case closed...
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    • #3
      I liked reading it. Thanks for posting it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by _STLfan_in_DFW@Aug 26 2005, 10:52 PM
        Honestly, and I'm really not trying to be a dick...

        But why does this need to be posted?

        We know there was negligence on the part of the Mizzou staff...

        Why beat a dead horse?

        The guy should have been taken to the hospital, or 911 called...

        Case closed...
        I think it's sad that this has been turned into a case of lawyers and journalists against Mizzou. Instead of just a tragic event in which a young man is honored that nobody really knows if it would if a different 3-4pm on the day of death would have changed things.

        I really do think the St. Louis media has taken away from honoring this kid. The media and the lawyers have changed landscape of the situation. And I think that's really sad.

        And anybody who knows my posts, i've never been one to cry about the St. Louis media regarding Mizzou.

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        • #5
          The sports department at that school has some major issues that need immediate attention. or Mizzou runs the risk of becoming a fixture at the bottom level of the standings.

          IMO, Mike Alden needs to step down, or be fired. Under his watch they've had the Rickey Clemons saga, other forms of rules violations by Snyder and his coaches, and that has produced a team thats no where near the NCAA tournament.

          On the football side, we've seen Pinkle walk out on a coaches meeting with boosters, stop an interview with Chris Trevino on the air, suspend their best RB (Nash) for speaking to the media, and now this tragic chain of events that led to a young man's death.

          Question for all of you: If a coach from Mizzou walked into your living room wanting your son to come play there, would you trust them? I say no.
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          • #6
            I don't think you can read this and not fault the Mizzou staff.

            He collapses on the field - a trainer looks at him - and then no additional help is given from a mizzou personel until it is too late.

            The players help him off the field. The players take him inside - the players offer him water and notice his tongue.

            Just what were the paid medical guys doing?

            I don't think Mizzou can be bashed enough on this one.
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            • #7
              A few more days of this and a 911 call needs to be made to CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT!!!!
              Yes, more than one person screwed up.... yes, there should be a law suit. Lets honor Mr. O'neal and move on to the football season.

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              • #8
                Only a Boone County Medical Examiner use the word 'shuffling' in his report.

                There's so much latent racism down there that I wouldn't be surprised if this was written at the local movie house while he was watching The Dukes of Hazzard.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by The Kev@Aug 27 2005, 05:53 AM
                  The sports department at that school has some major issues that need immediate attention. or Mizzou runs the risk of becoming a fixture at the bottom level of the standings.

                  IMO, Mike Alden needs to step down, or be fired. Under his watch they've had the Rickey Clemons saga, other forms of rules violations by Snyder and his coaches, and that has produced a team thats no where near the NCAA tournament.

                  On the football side, we've seen Pinkle walk out on a coaches meeting with boosters, stop an interview with Chris Trevino on the air, suspend their best RB (Nash) for speaking to the media, and now this tragic chain of events that led to a young man's death.

                  Question for all of you: If a coach from Mizzou walked into your living room wanting your son to come play there, would you trust them? I say no.

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                  • #10
                    doesn't speak real well for Big 12 health care staffs now does it.
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                    • #11
                      So it doesn't go completely unnoticed here? Doug Schmied, a defensive tackle from Illinois Wesleyan, died of heat stroke at practice on Wednesday. He was 21.

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                      • #12
                        I don't want to argue about this. But I don't think anyone really knows if they would have handled this situation any differently. I, for one, find it doubtful that he would have been saved had he been taken to the hospital sooner -- why? I think he would have checked for a number of other things before even considering checking his spinal tap. But then again, i'm no doctor.

                        Free article from powermizzou.

                        August 27, 2005
                        Commentary: Season swings on Tigers' response
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                        Gabe DeArmond
                        PowerMizzou.com Editor

                        Let's get this out in the first paragraph of this column: I'm not going to tell you whether Aaron O'Neal could be alive today. I won't suggest whether the Missouri training staff did everything that could be done to save him. I will not address whether the O'Neal family deserves hundreds of thousands of dollars or whether a Missouri employee should pay with his job. I've had no medical training and no legal training. I am in no position whatsoever to make that judgment.



                        The Tigers will leave O'Neal's locker untouched and his number unworn for the next four years.
                        As far as what I cover on a daily basis, the Missouri football program, the question front and center is this: How does this story and its aftermath affect the course of the 2005 season for the Tigers?

                        I'll tell you up front, the question will have no answer for at least seven weeks. At that point, Missouri will be more than halfway through the season and you might be able to tell how the team has responded.

                        The Tigers have dedicated this season to O'Neal and will honor him in a number of ways. His roommate, Tony Temple, told me earlier this month that he would go out and work as hard as he could because that's the way Aaron would have wanted it. If that's what happens, the Tigers could be on the brink of a special season.

                        However, you would have to be blind not to see that there is another alternative here. Two summers ago, one of the first stories I wrote for PowerMizzou.com was from the Boone County Jail. Ricky Clemons was released that day. A little more than three months later, I watched one of the most talented teams in the history of Tiger basketball self-destruct during what was supposed to be the first Final Four season in school history. Clemons wasn't on the team, but he destroyed it.

                        The Tigers had to answer questions every time they faced the media about Clemons. Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson, instead of being asked about their chances to be first-team all-Americans, were asked if they'd received cash to play for Mizzou. Though they never really admitted it publicly, the Tigers couldn't focus on basketball that season.

                        The O'Neal story is not going away anytime soon. It will be in the news for months to come. There probably won't be a new story every day, as there has been this week, but you can bet you'll read something about this situation weekly during the season.

                        Can the Tigers ignore that and focus on football? You may say that's not important, and I am certainly not suggesting the number of games Missouri wins this year is even remotely close to being as valuable as the life of the 19-year-old O'Neal. However, college football is a big business. No matter what is going on off the field, the bottom line is that your program is expected to produce results. Coming off a 2004 season that was no less than disastrous, the Tigers are under as much pressure as any program in the land to field a winner.

                        Even should Mizzou end this season 2-and-9, no one will ever admit that the media circus surrounding O'Neal's death had a thing to do with that. But let's be realistic. Could you focus on doing your best work if you walked into the office every Monday to a throng of reporters that wanted to know if you had confidence in your boss? Would you have the ability to be a better worker than you were the year before if you read in the newspaper that your employer had cast a shadow over the entire business? I am not saying that is the situation at Missouri, but I am saying such things will be insinuated. They already have been.

                        How do the Tigers respond? I've got no idea. On Sunday morning, I'll release my revised prediction for the Tigers this season. I currently have them going 8-and-4. Right now, I've got absolutely no clue if that's accurate. I don't even know if it's close. I'm not sure the players could tell you if it's close.

                        How will Missouri respond? As far as Missouri football goes, it is the most important question the program has faced in years.

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                        • #13
                          I, for one, find it doubtful that he would have been saved had he been taken to the hospital sooner
                          Unfortunately, he'll never know.
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                          • #14
                            Anyone know how often football players complain of light-headedness, dizzyness, fatigue, or faint on a practice field on a hot day, and it not end up being life-threatening meningitis? I'm sure that the resident football coaches, physicians, and trainers here can let us know.

                            Also, how is meningitis diagnosed and what is the treatment? What are the survivability tables on treatment for it at the stage where it is about to kill you?

                            Long time listener, first time caller. You guys are great. I'll listen to the answers offline.

                            Moon

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Moon Man@Aug 27 2005, 04:33 PM
                              Anyone know how often football players complain of light-headedness, dizzyness, fatigue, or faint on a practice field on a hot day, and it not end up being life-threatening meningitis? I'm sure that the resident football coaches, physicians, and trainers here can let us know.

                              Also, how is meningitis diagnosed and what is the treatment? What are the survivability tables on treatment for it at the stage where it is about to kill you?

                              Long time listener, first time caller. You guys are great. I'll listen to the answers offline.

                              Moon

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