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SPORTS EXTRA / COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Official Has Heart Attack

September 30, 2001|Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A game official suffered a major heart attack and collapsed near midfield in the fourth quarter of the East Carolina-Syracuse game Saturday.

The game was delayed several minutes midway through the quarter after back judge Gerry Bram of Conference USA collapsed.

Syracuse team physician Dr. Irving Raphael said Bram was unconscious and barely breathing on his own when rescue workers raced to his aid.

"He stopped breathing and had an abnormal heart rate," Raphael said. "He required an external defibrillator several times and was given advanced cardiac life support."

After Bram was stabilized, he was transported off the field in an ambulance and taken to University Hospital at Syracuse for treatment.

Bram was in intensive care and breathing with the aid of a machine.

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