Hawkeye Fan Chooses Game Over Hospital


CEDAR RAPIDS - Nothing can stop this Hawkeye fan from taking in a game, not even a trip to the doctor.

Die-hard football fans will go to virtually any length to support their team. Well, one woman was willing to tolerate a painful injury in order to watch Saturday's game against Wisconsin. When a Mt. Vernon woman was given the choice between the hospital and the Hawkeyes, she chose the Hawkeyes.

Saturday's Hawkeye game was a close one that kept many on the edge of their seats. And Carol Walden didn't want to miss a minute of her favorite team trying to hold on to its undefeated record.

"I was hurrying back because halftime was over and I slipped in the kitchen and fell flat on my left side," said Carol Walden.

The 71-year old woman is life-long Hawkeye fan. So dedicated, that even a trip to the hospital for a broken hip wouldn't get in the way on Saturday.

"The doctor said you better get into the hospital and I said ok. My husband said well let's go and I said no I have to see the Hawkeyes win," said Walden.

"By that time the hawks were catching up so we had to watch the end of the game," said Carol's husband, Don Walden.

And once the game was over, Walden made her husband drive her to the ER so she could listen to the post-game radio show.

"After the game was over we finally convinced her that it was time to go to the hospital and we had a heck of a time doing it," Walden.

Once she made it into surgery doctors used four screws to fix her hip and now she's on the road to recovery. Medical crews say her delay of game in getting to the hospital didn't hurt her condition.

"They didn't think I was that crazy, a lot of them are Hawkeye fans so they understood," said Walden, "Now it was probably silly except that everything turned out fine and the Hawks won and that was the most important thing right then."

Maybe when she gets out of the hospital she will try to root for her favorite team from the stands. This die-hard fan has never seen a game in person.

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