( Las Vegas, NV ) – Following up on what was breaking news Friday morning: a grandson of the late UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian suffered an apparent stroke – at the age of 5.
He’d been scheduled to throw out the 1st pitch at Sunday’s Las Vegas 51s baseball game at Cashman Field where both the home team and visiting Fresno Grizzlies were wearing special uniforms in tribute to the legendary coach who died in February at the age of 84.
Instead of watching her 5-year-old take part in the ceremony before the game, Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian filled in for him – with a little moral support from twin 10-year-granddaughters by her side.
An emotional Tarkanian told reporters that the grandson – also named Jerry – has shown small signs of improvement but has a longer recovery road ahead of him.
She says the boy will most likely be taken to Stanford University Medical Center in California where he can be seen by a pediatric stroke specialist.
She took the opportunity to thank everyone involved in the baseball tribute, but also to speak up for the need of a medical research school in Las Vegas.
The youngster’s case came to light when the elder Tarkanian’s daughter-in-law, Amy, tweeted on Friday morning that she was at the hospital with her son.
KXNT will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.