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by: Joseph On  Saturday, March 22, 2014

81-Year-Old Refuses Surgery Until Memphis Game Ends

Some people can’t help but take the phrase “March Madness” literally. Take, for instance, this 81-year-old woman, who was slated to go into surgery for her collapsed lung, but refused to go into the operating room until the game between her Memphis Tigers and the George Washington Colonials was over.

I’m not a doctor, but “collapsed lung” sounds pretty serious, compared to, say, having your wisdom teeth removed or something like that. It just goes to show this particular woman’s unrivaled devotion to the University of Memphis men’s basketball team.  Heck, she even has her TV set up at the hospital, which you can see in the above photo (via Twitter).

Like all good stories, this one has a happy ending, since the Tigers went on to beat GWU, 71-66. As for the collapsed lung, I assume it came out alright.

written by Joseph
Joseph is a freelance writer currently based in Austin, TX.