Menlo Park update: Man dies after game at Arrillaga gym


A friendly game of volleyball turned tragic Sunday at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium in Menlo Park.

Yuriy Mykhaylin, 49, of Millbrae, reportedly suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead after being transported to Stanford hospital on Sunday, according to the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office.

Initial reports from the coroner's office and two other local agencies stated the incident happened on Monday while the victim played basketball.

But an eyewitness, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Almanac that she was playing badminton on the other side of a divider from Mr. Mykhaylin's volleyball game when he suffered the attack.

She urged everyone to learn how to use the automated external defibrillators (AEDs) mounted on the gym walls.

"You just wonder, could I have done something? Would it have made a difference?" she said. "It's so sad."

The Almanac has now confirmed the initial reports were wrong, and will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.


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Posted by Daveo
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Truly tragic. I assume there are AED's in the new gym; if not, let's get on that!

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Posted by Yada Lee
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Very tragic indeed, my heart goes out to his family.
Next step: let us insist that all the recreation staff be trained to use the AED, and know basic CPR.
These two things alone could make all the difference, and avoid any other tragedies.
As I understand it, this is the third death in the gyms - Burgess included.

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Posted by samantha
a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I wouldn't mind going by way of volleyball

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Posted by Yada Lee
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

It is confirmed...the gym staff are NOT trained to use the AED! What is the point of having this device if the staff cannot use it?
Please, this training should be mandatory! I am now afraid when my child's team plays at the gym.

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