Arizona softball: Near tragedy brings Rodriguez family closer — on field and at home

2013-05-04T20:00:00Z Arizona softball: Near tragedy brings Rodriguez family closer — on field and at homeBy Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The three women couldn’t get Adam Rodriguez off the recliner, even after he turned purple and his heart stopped beating.

The 911 operator implored Rodriguez’s wife and two daughters — one a college sophomore, the other a high school senior — to keep trying.

There was no way to administer CPR unless he was on a flat, hard surface.

At 5-foot-10 and 240 pounds, the 56-year-old was practically impossible to budge from the cushy chair in his Scottsdale home, where minutes earlier he’d been watching television on Jan. 1, 2012.

Arizona Wildcats softball player Kelsey Rodriguez, the oldest child and the only one in the family room not crying, calmly put down the phone.

Her kid sister and now-UA teammate, Courtney, who’d been in the corner crying in the fetal position, slipped a pillow underneath his head.

“We made a decision to pull as hard as we could, no matter if we hurt him,” said mom Lisa. “Because he was gone.”

The three finally dumped him to the floor.

Calmly, Kelsey repeated the 911 operator’s CPR instructions to her panicked mother.

Lisa performed the compression technique on his chest, but all the air did was bloat his body.

He was unresponsive.

Where was the ambulance, anyway?

Read more about Arizona's Rodriguez sisters and their family in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.

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