THE intensity of the PBA Governors Cup semifinal game between Rain or Shine and Alaska apparently proved too much for an elderly fan who suffered a minor stroke on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces were at the height of a rally after falling behind by as much as 26 points when Segundo Domingo, 80, suddenly collaped in the gallery, halting the game at the final four-minute mark of the final period.
“Bigla na lang po siyang inatake eh. Nangiwi po. Kinabahan nga po ako,” said Paul Ryan Nigma, grandson of Domingo who had watched the league's games live for the first time.
“Kaya tumakbo po ako agad sa mga officials. Kasi ngiwi na po siya tapos hindi na po halos nagsasalita,” said Nigma, who was immediately assisted by PBA media bureau Willie Marcial.
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Domingo’s daughter, Edita Nigma, said it was the first time for her father to watch a PBA game live as he wi based in Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac, where he tends to his farm.
According to his daughter, Domingo cheers for no particular team in the PBA but is a rabid fan of the league, keeping track of the games on TV since the league began in 1975.
“Mahilig po talaga siya sa basketball. Araw-araw po walang sawa 'yan - PBA, NBA. Lahat po pinapanood niya. 'Yan na lang po ang libangan niya eh,” she said.
“Sa sobrang hilig nga po niyan sa basketball, madalas na siya ang mag-organize ng mga paliga sa mga kabataan sa amin sa Tarlac nuong malakas pa siya.
"Healthy naman s'ya kanina (before the game). Siguro nasobrahan lang sa excitement sa game," she added.
Nigma said it was her father's second attack.
Doctors and emergency staff of Aeromed immediately rushed to the scene to pull Domingo out of the gallery with a stretcher and into the ambulance waiting at the south gate of the Big Dome.
“Kailangang itakbo agad siya sa pinakamalapit na ospital. Hindi mo pwedeng pabayaan ang ganyan,” said Marcial while personally assisting the patient to the ambulance.
PBA doctor Wendell Lozano personally attended to the patient on the way to the Quirino Medical Center.
A few minutes after the game, Marcial told Spin.ph that Domingo’s status has stabilized.
Nigma bared that his father needs an immediate CT scan to further check if there was damage to his head brought by the stroke.
“I-si-CT scan nga daw po siya. Tawag nga po ng tawag ang tatay ko dito, kasi wala naman po siyang pambayad. Five thousand daw po yung CT scan pa lang,” she said.
“Eh hindi naman po namin maisakripisyo kasi na-stroke nga po. Hindi naman naming alam kung ano ang posibleng nangyari,” added Nigma, who already contacted some of their relatives to seek help.
“Wala naman ho kaming pera eh,” she added.
At posting time, Dr. Lozano bared that Domingo is still in the emergency room and still under observation.
“Ngiwi kasi yung pasyente. Saka mahina yung kaliwang bahagi ng katawan niya. Pero he looks better now than he was nung nasa Araneta pa siya. Buti naitakbo agad,” said Lozano.