Two days after CPR and an automated external defibrillator had to be used to resuscitate him while he lay on the floor of PNC Arena, Tyvoris Solomon was awake and alert and able to speak to a reporter.
And when he did, he was sure to thank the men that saved his life on Saturday.
“I love those guys,” Solomon to the Raleigh News & Observer. “Perfect timing, I guess. I was glad it happened where it happened at because I could have been with one of my teammates in a car and it could have been a whole different situation.”
Solomon said that he remembered playing in the game, and that he remembers coming out, speaking to a teammate and putting his head in his hands. He said the next thing he remembers is waking up on the floor with people standing around him.
Doctors are still unsure what happened to Solomon, and while his basketball career may be over, I’m not sure anyone is actually worried about that right now.
“Right now, it’s just cherish every moment and don’t take anything for granted,” Solomon said. “Life, basketball, sports, family. Anything. Not holding grudges with anyone if you can. Get over it as quickly as you can because you are not promised the next second.”