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Update On The Man Who Nearly Drowned During Triathlon At Headlands State Beach Park

Another triathlete says the man is in critical condition with internal bleeding and swelling of the brain

An update about the at Headlands State Beach Park has been posted on a page for a Facebook group named Cleveland Tri Club.

A triathlete named Bill Haddix wrote, "(the man) is in the hospital in critical condition with swelling on the brain and internal bleeding. He's in his 30s and has two young children."

Haddix added that a fundraiser is being planned for him on September 23rd and more details will be provided when they are available.

The name of the 34-year-old man has not been released yet. The firefighters who transported him to TriPoint Medical Center Sunday cannot release his name because of privacy laws.

The man nearly drowned while competing in the swimming portion of Greater Cleveland Triathlon.

The man was pulled onto shore by other swimmers and then bystanders began performing CPR on him, Mentor Fire Lt. Ron Zak said.

Then race staff, who were equipped with a defibrillator, provided care. They also transferred him to an ambulance when it arrived at the beach.

The man was taken to TriPoint Medical Center, which is his last known location.

john poteet August 08, 2012 at 12:40 AM
My names john. he is like a brother to ALL his friends. we are long time friends. He loves his family very much. Such a proud father awsome dady. He deserves the right to see more of his 2 little girls.
Tiffany August 09, 2012 at 12:47 PM
John, my sincere sympathy to you, your friend's family, and all of his friends. The triathlon community is devastated over this!! We are tight-knit and very supportive of newbies and anyone needing support, in any way!! Our hearts are heavy with this news. It affects all of us, even if we didn't know your friend personally. I will pray for a miracle. Please know that there are so many praying for your friend. We all care VERY MUCH and wish this outcome didn't happen. :(
John smith August 09, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I've known this gentleman for years and this is truly a tragedy. He is the hardest working, most devoted father and husband I know. Please pray for him. Thank you!
Traci August 10, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Sadly, he passed away today. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. He was an amazing man with a heart of gold, good friend to many, wonderful father and husband. For the brave people that helped him, thank you, that was very noble, and restores faith in mankind by your acts. Unfortunately, he was without oxygen too long.
Traci August 10, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I apologize for the typo, but he passed yesterday (thursday 8/9/12)
Kathleen Bokas August 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Traci, My heart goes out to his family. I was there that day and with the group that tried to save him. I know in respect for the privacy of the family not to many details have been made public. There has been talk that a fundraiser for the family is being planned. Please post details if possible. My team that I was there with that day, Northern Ohio Team In Training would like more information if there is a fundraiser. I am so sorry for your loss.
Traci August 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM
@ Kathleen, Thank you and everyone for trying to save him. You gave the family hope, time to somewhat grasp the situation, be with him, and say their goodbyes. My sister-in-law and her extended family all grew up with him, and he was always considered as their family. Through the years that I've known him, not close, but close enough to know his character, how much he loved everyone and didn't have a mean bone in his body. Always a hard worker, honest, devoted father and husband. There is no one that can ever say anything different. It's not my place to give details, but I will forward this information on to the family, and they can let you know additional information at their own discretion. I can tell you his name, but I don't want to do it on a public forum. Your efforts, and the efforts of everyone else that was there, were valiant in my eyes, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is nice to know there is still plenty of good people in this crazy world. God Bless you all.
Kathleen Bokas August 11, 2012 at 01:26 AM
@Traci, thank you. You or anyone with fundraising details may contact me directly at kabokas@aol.com
Jason Lea (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Traci, I would add that -- if the family wants -- I would like to post fundraiser information on Patch, as well. It is a small way in which I can help a family that has already suffered so much.
Traci August 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Thank you Jason. If I find out any information on it, I will let you know. It's greatly appreciated.

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