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November 30, 2012

UT student rushed to hospital after bleeding red

A University of Tennessee student was reportedly rushed to the hospital Thursday evening after friends found him bleeding red rather than orange.

Sean Vester, a 21-year-old junior, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after falling down and skinning his knees while playing basketball on UT's campus. Friends were concerned because Vester's blood did not bleed orange.

Vester was driving the lane on his way to a finger roll when he tripped and fell. The impact of the concrete on Vester's bare knees resulted in an abrasion with minimal bleeding. Despite the nominal injury, witnesses said the presence of red blood was an immediate concern.

"I'm not a doctor," said UT sophomore Patrick Hower. "I'm not even a medical student. But I know that Tennessee fans bleed orange. It's on all the T-shirts. So I wasn't going to take any chances. Friends have to look out for each other."

Vester was taken to UT Medical Center in an ambulance.

"I was worried," said physician Geoff Quillman. "I have to admit I've never seen anything like this and I've been practicing medicine for almost 30 years. I immediately ordered an extensive test battery. I wasn't concerned for the patient's life. But at the same time, who has red blood? No one, that's who."

Other doctors shared Quillman's distress.

"We ordered a blood transfusion and will be monitoring the patient throughout the weekend," said hematologist Rachel Nolan. "Our biggest fear is that we're looking at an epidemic brought on by UT's dismal season this year. We've asked that the Vols have a winning season as soon as possible. Hopefully that will keep this thing contained. Can you imagine if it spreads? Blood was not meant to be red, except in Alabama. But you know how people in Alabama are."

Vester told reporters he just wants to bleed orange like a normal Knoxville person.

"This is so embarrassing," said Vester. "I feel ashamed to be a UT student. I don't know why my blood is red. I hope they can fix me as soon as possible. If not I may have to take next semester off. I don't even know how to tell my parents."

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