How athletic trainer Maddie Biehl saved Kai Bates-Diop's life

The quick actions of Biehl made all the difference when it came to helping Bates-Diop after his collapse.


On Feb. 9, 2017, Kai Bates-Diop, the younger brother of Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop, collapsed during basketball practice at University High School in his hometown of Normal, Illinois.

The sophomore had no pulse and was not breathing, but was quickly tended to by Maddie Biehl, who was the high school's athletic trainer while completing a postgraduate degree at Illinois State University. Because of Biehl's fast work, Kai recovered from what was described as “a cardiac event” and is living life normally.

Biehl is now an intern at Ohio State and on Friday, the one-year anniversary of Kai collapsing, she spoke with the media about the event, her reaction, her relationship with the Bates-Diop family now and how she ended up at OSU.