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TV's Dr. Drew saves a dying high school football player

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 3rd 2009 8:34AM
Dr. Drew saves a football player's life in California.On TV, Dr. Drew Pinsky saves people from drugs and sex. But, the Celebrity Rehab host came out of the stands at California high school football game last weekend to save the life of a dying player.

Pinsky was watching his son Doug play football at Pasadena Polytechnic when a Poly player took a shot to the head. I played football for years, and these things happen. There's no indication that malice was involved in the related hit.

The injured player, Jackson Allan, came off the field and headed to the bench to talk to his coaching staff and teammates. But, as is often the case with concussions and other head injuries, the brain can be deceptive. The condition quickly grew more serious, and paramedics were called.

But, Pinsky got there first to find Allan in a coma -- no longer breathing.

Pinsky administered CPR until EMTs took over and transported the boy to the Harbor UCLA Medical Center. The kid was bleeding into his brain and required surgery to relieve the pressure.

The players' parents, school officials and the attending doctors all praised Pinsky for his quick response. But, in keeping with his deadpan bedside manner on TV, Pinsky avoided media contact since the event.

Still, you have to imagine the only people happier than the kid and his parents are the producers at VH1 who get bucket of great publicity for their popular host.

Good on ya, Dr. Drew.

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Just typical of a person like Nursenicole to try and make a "good news article" bad! You people disgust me! My prayers go out to the young man and his family in hope of a 100% recovery!

November 04 2009 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Way to Go, Dr. Drew!!! ;o)

November 04 2009 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am appauled by the posts of "so-called" nurses on this thread. It does not state the post CPR/surgery status of this young man. Dr. Drew responded in the correct manner to save a life. Dr.'s oath? DO NO HARM. We cannot know the recovery level that this young man has had or will have. Neurological injuries can indeed be long-term situations, however, there are millions of people who have successfully recovered and lead normal lives. Also, youth is his friend. I am sure he will do just fine. Prayers go out to him, his family, and especially Dr. Drew. Folks, learn CPR please. This could be your child or loved one, or hey, you could save a total stranger, too. It scares me to think of how these nurses treat their patients, if that is the attitude they post on these blogs. Hope the "Worse Nurse" doesn't practice in my state! Heartless.

November 04 2009 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

nursenicole, If you are really a nurse you of all people should know you have a legal and moral responsibility to do whatever you can until the EMT's arrive, i.e., CPR, etc. Dr. Drew did what he had to do not only as a person, but a doctor. Thankfully, he was there and you were not. Let me guess, you would allow this child to die and not try to save him? If so, you need to go into another career. I wonder what type of nurse you are, i.e., speciality...ICU, Med/Surg, Peds, etc. It's not your decision if he ends in a coma, etc. Nice that you call him a "drooling vegetable." You have no empathy. You don't know what can happen. Faith plays an important role in medicine and people forget this. The decision was/is up to the child's parents and they are going to want everything that can be medically done to save their child no matter what the outcome. This isn't just people with children this is every person who needs help. I hope you don't pass judgement on your patients, but it sure sounds like you do.
You are the one who is selfish.

November 04 2009 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dr. Drew is NOT a great man. He just did a good thing. A great man wouldn't break the cardinal rule of anonymous rehabilitation just to make TV shows exploiting his patients that inevitably lead to them being unable to take their treatment seriously and relapse. Also, real psychologists aren't allowed to sit in judgment of people they haven't even treated and diagnose them over the phone (i.e. Loveline). Thirdly, someone who genuinely cares doesn't go on TV all the time (with the exception of this night) talking about his clients and gossiping. Dr. Drew is a dangerous man and a fame-whore at best.

November 04 2009 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, I'm sure the kid and his parents will be eternally greatful when the kid spends the rest of his life lying there drooling in a nursing home. Sometimes dead is better.

November 03 2009 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
5 replies to nursenicole's comment

Whether everyone believes it or not, Drew Pinsky is a real doctor - as a nurse, I can easily confirm that his responses, whether on TV or radio, are clinically valid and well reasoned. So I'm not surprised that he also knows current CPR techniques.

November 03 2009 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

very nice work godbless u 4 saving a young life

November 03 2009 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

they won"t let me post + aol doesn't like taters , biscuits / gravy none neither

November 03 2009 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dr. Drew is the man.

November 03 2009 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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