Mini Marathon mystery solved


Scott Swan/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis, May 12 - Greg Stoll's memory is cloudy. He doesn't remember running the Mini Marathon or wearing the black wig. And he doesn't remember collapsing at the finish line after suffering cardiac arrest.

"He received CPR for a couple minutes and was defibrillated where they shock his heart," recalls nurse Tammy Meyer.

Runners continued racing in last Saturday's half marathon as an ambulance rushed Greg to Methodist Hospital.

Since Greg didn't fill out emergency information on the back of his racing bib, doctors and nurses didn't know who to contact.

"All we had was his name, address and phone number." Meyer became a nurse investigator. She spent hours on the Internet, trying to find additional information about her patient in the hospital bed, "'cause I knew that if that was my son lying in that bed, I would want someone to find me."

Finally, Greg's name appeared on the Princeton website. "I just typed in his name," Meyer said.

It turns out Greg was a water polo player. She read that Greg's dad coached in Southern California. Tammy kept searching and found the phone number for Greg's family. "So I called that house to see if it might be, if they still lived in that city."

Chris Stoll got the news about her son Greg on Mother's Day, the day after the Mini.

Meyer says she "let them know that he cardiac arrested and that it was very serious."

"My knees felt like they were gonna collapse," recalls Greg's mom, Chris Stoll. "My stomach felt like it hit the floor."

Tammy's perseverance paid off. Greg is no longer in the hospital by himself. Mom and dad are there too.

"He needed his family here," says Meyer. "He needed somebody with him when he did wake up."

Greg's mom told Meyer, "You're all world. Without you, we'd still be at home waiting on Mother's Day."

Chris feels, "that I've been given the gift of my son for a second time. I'm just full of gratitude that we have him with us."

Doctors ran tests on Greg, but they don't know why he suffered cardiac arrest. Friday they'll insert a defibrillator underneath his collarbone so if it happens again, the device will shock his heart.

Greg's mom wants to encourage runners in the Mini to fill out the emergency information on the back of their race bib.

He could be out of the hospital this weekend.