When One Player Stopped Breathing, South Carolina State Coach Prayed For A Miracle

Dec 06, 2017 by Alyssa Duvall

During a Saturday basketball game against North Carolina State, Tyvoris "Ty" Solomon, senior starting guard for South Carolina State, suddenly stopped breathing and collapsed to the floor. Tyler Long, the team’s athletic trainer, immediately administered CPR. Head coach Murray Garvin, however, fell to his knees and prayed, followed shortly by the rest of the players and many spectators. "The only thing I knew to do was to pray," Garvin said.

"I asked God...I begged God, not Ty, not now," Murray reported to CBN News. “It was one of the scariest moments as a coach and as a human being. As a head coach, you feel a responsibility of taking care of your guys no matter what."

Thankfully, Solomon was successfully resuscitated. He was then rushed to Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina where he is still in recovery.

Solomon's mother, Delores Speights, told the Raleigh News And Observer that it "just pretty much felt great to get the love, from people you know and people you don't know. Just to know that there are still very good people out there and there are people that believe in the power of prayer and God. That is always good to know."

"We all know that faith without works is dead," Garvin said of the synergy between his prayer and Long’s CPR. "My faith and the faith of the arena...people were touching their televisions and praying. Prayer still works.”

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