Coach Cal and basketball team visit man injured at UK game

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is recovering at UK Hospital, after falling at Rupp Arena last week during the UK vs. Transylvania exhibition game.

Witnesses say Dickie Gregory, 73, fell down the bleachers while getting to his seat.

"We were sitting near the couple when Mr. Gregory lost his balance with his wife and he tumbled down several bleachers, hitting his head and losing consciousness. He did stop breathing," says Jennifer Sizemore, who was sitting close by.

Sizemore says the incident happened just before the game started,"During the National Anthem is when all the commotion took place. Then they lowered the lights for the team to be introduced and that's when we saw a lot of fans had their iPhone flashlights on the gentleman, while they were performing CPR on him."

Gregory was rushed to the ICU at UK hospital with serious injuries.

Gregory's son Scott told Kentucky Sports Radio over the phone that his father was trying to break his mother's fall. "My mother kind of tripped and was falling and my father caught her and kind of stabilized her. She was kind of guided to the ground and fell right down behind the bleacher and he actually went head over first."

While the past few days have been difficult for the Gregory family, they had some special visitors come to the hospital room Tuesday.
Coach Cal and the UK basketball team came to meet him and pray for his recovery.

Scott Gregory told KSR that it means the world to his Dad, "I mean from that point on, his day was just changed. He just had the news that he would probably never be able to use his arms again and he was feeling really down. But after the team came through, it was just hope. He was a different person."

Jennifer Sizemore was also in the room when Gregory got the surprise visit.

"Each one of them spoke with Mr. Gregory and prayed over Mr. Gregory. Mr. Gregory felt all the prayers from everybody in the room. It was very special for Mr. Gregory, " says Sizemore.

Sizemore didn't know the Gregory's before the incident inside of Rupp Arena. Sizemore and her friend rushed to help Gregory's wife while EMS crews helped her husband.

"I did not know this couple. God put me and my friend, Cathy where we needed to be. He literally pushed us outside out comfort zone to tend to his wife who was 4 to 5 rows up from him, " says Sizemore.

Sizemore has been to visit Gregory multiple times at UK hospital since the fall.

As of Wednesday afternoon family friends say that Gregory is paralyzed from the neck down, but he is talking and we're told improving.

"It was quite traumatizing for everybody in that section. But amazingly, what we have found out is there are a number of doctors and nurses that sit in that section on a regular basis, so God put them there to tend to this man right away before even Rupp's EMS could get to him," Sizemore said.

There is an account set up at Central Bank under Dickie Gregory. Friends set it up to help the family with medical bills and with food while they are at UK hospital.

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