It’s been a sad week for Phoenix sports fans. Gabrielle Schoeneweis, the wife of Diamondbacks pitcher Scott Schoeneweis, was laid to rest on Monday a few days after being found dead at the family’s Fountain Hills home. (More D-Backs players would have attended the services, but unfortunately there was a game to play.)
And now more tragedy has struck the families of pro athletes living in the Phoenix area. Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter is on life support after almost strangling herself with a treadmill cord.
KPHO-TV reports that Exodus Tyson remains in “extremely critical condition” at a local hospital. Police say the 4-year-old somehow got a cable from the treadmill wrapped around her neck and that it “acted like a noose“. And ABC NEWS follows up that Exodus’ 7-year-old brother was the one who first discovered his young sister caught in the treadmill cable:
He called his mother, who found (Exodus) on a treadmill with a cable that was attached to the exercise machine wrapped around her neck, police said.
Police said the child’s mother ran into the room, freed her from the cord, called 911 and then started CPR.
When police arrived, the girl was unresponsive, and they immediately took over from the woman performing CPR. Fire department workers arrived moments later, and replaced the officers performing CPR, the police said.
Tyson was in Las Vegas at the time of the accident, but has since flown back to Phoenix. He said nothing to reporters on Monday as he entered St. Joseph’s Hospital And Medical Center, where Exodus is being treated. But this statement was released on behalf of the family:
“The Tyson family would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt thanks for all your prayers and support, and we ask that we be allowed our privacy at this difficult time.”
No matter what you think of Mike Tyson, having a 4-year-old daughter struggling on life support is a terrible nightmare to befall on any parent. The Phoenix area has already had to deal with the tragic loss of Gabrielle Schoeneweis. Let’s hope they don’t have to go through another one.