MedStar’s Dr. Kelly Ryan Saves Groom’s Life at Laurel Park

The Horsemen’s Health System funded by the MTHA and Maryland Jockey Club has been an invaluable asset, and it certainly proved its worth Sept. 16 at Laurel Park.

A New York-based groom was stricken—it was determined to be a heart attack—and fell to the ground while holding his horse. Dr. Kelly Ryan of MedStar Sports Medicine, which provides health services on live racing days in Maryland, was alerted and within minutes made her way from her office in the grandstand to the paddock.

The man had no heart beat when Ryan arrived. She used an automatic external defibrillator and CPR to revive him just before an Anne Arundel County ambulance arrived to transport him to a local hospital. He was alert and able to speak at that time.

Ryan kept in contact with the hospital to check on his condition, and reported that he is recovering.

MedStar gave a shout-out to Ryan, saying it “is proud to provide medical coverage to Maryland’s licensed horsemen, jockeys and workers, and we’re proud of Dr. Ryan for her life-saving efforts.”

The MTHA is grateful to Ryan and the other MedStar doctors who not only provide emergency services at Maryland tracks but also see backstretch workers and track employees who require routine care.

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