Crimson Tide team doctors save LSU officer struck by car
After the drama of Alabama’s win over LSU Saturday, the Crimson Tide’s team doctors were called to action on the way home
By Jonathan Biles
BATON ROUGE, La. — After the drama of Alabama’s win over LSU Saturday, the Crimson Tide’s team doctors were called to action on the way home. Following the game, Alabama’s team doctors were leaving Tiger Stadium in a multiple car motorcade led by LSU police. A few miles from the stadium, one officer on a motorcycle was struck by a car. The doctors who had recently attended to Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon’s twisted ankle on the field had to revert to their trauma training on the side of the road.
“Fortunately for him there were three physicians who had taken care of trauma before,” Dr. Norman Waldrop said. “As an orthopedic surgeon you’ve seen lots of trauma. It’s not a part of my everyday practice now but I remember thinking it was coming back to me pretty quickly about what to do.”
When the doctors arrived at the scene, head doctor Lyle Cain took over and led the team as they attended to the officer on the side of the road, who ended up having a broken leg, broken arm and fractured ribs. The doctors were without any of their equipment — it was on the plane with the football team — but did what they could given the circumstances.