Monticello basketball player emerges from coma

  • Updated: March 2, 2008 - 11:54 PM

A Monticello High School basketball player who collapsed from a heart attack during a game Friday awakened Sunday afternoon and began to speak to family members at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Adam Thielen, 18, had been in critical condition and under medication that kept him in a coma-like state while physicians cooled his body to minimize damage. He was able to speak to his family and friends after his body was warmed to the normal 98.6 degrees and coma-inducing drugs were stopped.

His first question was about the game: "Did we win?" he asked, according to a family posting on the www.caringbridge.org website.

In fact, nobody won, because the game was called after Thielen collapsed. Monticello basketball coach Bruce Balder-Lanoue said the game will be rescheduled this week, perhaps Wednesday. But the team has more important business: Before they play another game, the 12 other members of the Monticello varsity team plan to go with Balder-Lanoue today to visit Thielen in the hospital.

Earlier Sunday, the Thielen family wrote that they were waiting for the athlete to awaken, a process that doctors had told them might take a few days.

Thielen played the first five minutes of the game with Rogers on Friday and came off the floor as part of a normal player rotation. He collapsed two minutes after sitting down on the bench. His heart had to be restarted twice with a portable defibrillator before he reached the hospital.

"The medical staff is requesting no visitors, as Adam needs his rest to prepare for tests in the next few days," his parents, Paul and Candace Thielen, said in a posting on the website. "Thanks for the prayers and support."

A call to the Thielen family was not returned Sunday afternoon.

STEVE ALEXANDER

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