Roy­als man­ager al­most died in fall from tree

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Kansas City Roy­als man­ager Ned Yost broke his pelvis last week af­ter a fall from a tree on his prop­erty in Meri­wether County, Ga., and it proved to nearly be a deadly ac­ci­dent.

Yost was check­ing the safety straps in a tree stand, which deer hunters use, when he fell about 20 feet to the ground.

“I reached around to hook into the tree and right as soon as I grabbed my strap to reach up to hook into the tree, it was like a hang­man’s gal­low, the stand just let go — down I went,” Yost said in a con­fer­ence call on Mon­day.

“It was a mas­sive frac­ture of the pelvis and I’m glad to be alive.”

Yost said he also broke four ribs in the in­ci­dent.

“I don’t think I’ve left this lounge chair since I’ve been home for more than 5 min­utes in two days. I just find a spot where I can kind of re­lax and take a deep breath and then try not to move for 10 hours,” Yost said from his home. “Quite a bit of pain there, but it is get­ting a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

Yost said the ac­ci­dent hap­pened on Nov. 4 when he went to check the stands on his prop­erty af­ter his wife, Deb, left for a wed­ding shower.

Af­ter Yost hit the ground, he call Deb on his cell­phone.

“I had my phone in my pocket, which was key to this whole thing,” Yost said, “and be­ing in a spot on my farm that had ser­vice was key.”

Deb Yost called the cou­ple’s son Ned Jr., who was at their home and he found his fa­ther, who said he never lost con­scious­ness. Yost was air­lifted to a hos­pi­tal in Georgia.

Doc­tors drilled a hole into one leg and in­serted a pin with two 10-pound weights to bal­last Yost’s side and worked to get him into a com­pres­sion suit.

“Af­ter the surgery is when the trauma doc­tor came in and ... said, ‘Look you guys don’t know how lucky you are,’” Yost said. “They couldn’t get the bleed­ing to stop.”

The doc­tor told Yost that his type of in­jury has a 25 to 30 per cent mor­tal­ity rate. Yost said he lost seven to eight units of blood be­fore the doc­tors were able to get him sta­bi­lized.

JOHN SLEEZER, TNS

Doc­tors told Ned Yost he al­most died from blood loss af­ter fall­ing 20 feet from a tree.

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