A Memphis high school cross country runner took the motto "winning isn't everything" to heart when he stopped mid race to save the life of a competitor.
Seth Goldstein, a 17 year-old senior at Cooper Yeshiva High School in East Memphis, TN, who took up cross country as a way to get in shape for basketball. During a recent cross-country race he found himself about mid pack on the second lap and felt good about his chances of winning the race. Pacing himself and watching the competition in front of him, he noticed a runner from a rival school in Germantown fall to the ground. Goldstein told the Commercial Appeal: "I was feeling good, that's when everything happened in front of me. His lips were turning blue and his eyes were rolled back in his head. I was terrified. But then I thought to myself, freaking out isn't going to help any here.""
Being a lifeguard, Goldstein knew something was seriously wrong and yelled for his parents to call 911. He noticed that the victim was starting to spit up blood and upon seeing that the victim had severely bitten his tongue, Goldstein was afraid he would get choked. "I feared he was going to choke on his blood. I rolled him on his side so he wouldn't asphyxiate."
By that time Jessica Chandler, the mother of another Germantown runner, had come over to help. She saw that the victim was having a seizure. She told Larry Brown Sports"“Honestly, I was in shock. But this guy was taking complete control. He was like, ‘You — call 911. You — go get some ice.’ He turned him on his side. I thought he was a parent or an EMT.”
Goldstein continued to care for the victim and tried to keep everyone calm, telling them this was normal for someone having a seizure. His confidence and calming words helped to ease the stress, despite the fact he had actually never seen anyone have a seizure before and was "faking it".
According to News Talk 1280, when EMTs arrived they were able to stabilize the victim and told everyone he would make a full recovery. Goldstein asked the EMTs if he could finish the face. "The EMTs looked at me kind of funny," Goldstein told the Commercial Appeal. "They're like, 'You're racing? Well, sure, go ahead. I guess you can finish the race.' "
Golstein continued the race and although he finished with his slowest time of the season, he was greeted at the finish line with a hero's welcome.