Days after a swimming coach helped save a high school diver who appeared to suffer a seizure while warming up for a state swim meet and then suffered a heart attack himself, the coach has been released from hospital care while the diver is still recovering under assisted care.
As reported by Michigan NBC affiliate WWLP and WOOD, Northview swimming and diving coach Kirk Mirandette is back home recovering after having two stents implanted to help him recover from an anterior wall heart attack that he suffered after helping perform CPR on 16-year-old Wyandotte’s Roosevelt High diver Nolan Gutenschwager, who it is believed suffered a seizure while warming up before his turn to take the diving platform at the Division 2 state swimming and diving meet in Holland, Mich.
In an interview with WWLP, Mirandette described both the moments leading up to his heroic intervention alongside two other coaches and his delayed personal health issues that may have been sparked by the crisis at the pool.
“There was a guy next to me, we both pulled him out. I was doing mouth-to-mouth while he was in the water, because he was blue,” Mirandette told WWLP. “I was doing mouth-to-mouth and the guy next to me was doing chest compressions — two-man CPR.
“(After taking out Gutenschwager an EMT) says, ‘Are you having chest pains?’ I’m like, ‘Oh yeah.’ He says, ‘Let’s check you out.’ He puts some electrodes on me, did a quick thing and yeah, you’re having an anterior wall heart attack. … All the sudden everything fuzzed out. Then I saw them again and they said are you still with us? I said, ‘Yeah, I never left.’”
The heart attack sent Mirandette to the emergency room at Holland Hospital, where he remained for four days and was forced to have the two stents implanted.
When he was finally a bit closer to full health and ready to head home, Mirandette was given not one but two pieces of good news: 1) Gutenschwager was still alive, though he remains hospitalized at DeVos Children’s Hospital, and 2) Mirandette’s son, Northview diver Austin Mirandette, qualified for the state finals after his father was sent to the hospital.
“It was like a movie, it was so crazy what was happening,” Gutenschwager’s diving coach Sam Randazzo told the News Herald.