South Carolina head coach Frank Martin sits courtside with members of the media during the Gamecocks' open practice at Madison Square Garden on March 23, 2017. (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Frank Martin was dying. At least that's what the doctors told him as he laid on a hospital bed in Manhattan, Kansas.
A 2006 near-death experience by the University of South Carolina's head men's basketball coach will be highlighted by ESPN's SportsCenter on Sunday night in a story called "Miracle in Manhattan."
"Regardless of how difficult things get, regardless of how bad a loss, you had a bad practice, you better take advantage of the next day because it could end at any second," Martin said in a preview of the ESPN story.
Today, @FrankMartin_SC#Gamecocks explains why he felt the time was right to share with the world the story of his near-death experience in 2006 & how a spirit, Guardian Angel, or just a nurse saved his life through prayer alongside his uncle. Powerful. @wis10pic.twitter.com/1DCv2NnR8n
The almost 12-year-old incident seems distant at this point, but Martin is coming forward to tell his story more in-depth.
According to a story from the Kansas City Star, Martin became mysteriously ill without reason. Martin believed it was the flu and attempted to medicate himself as such. But his condition worsened and he was soon hospitalized.
Lying in a hospital bed with a 105 degree fever, he was told he had pancreatic cancer and was close to death already. But Martin says something -- a spirit, a Guardian Angel, or a just a nurse -- prayed for him one night alongside his uncle.
In 2006, Frank Martin was admitted to a hospital in with an unknown life-threatening illness. As he waited to die, an inexplicable event happened, one that would give him a second chance. #SCFeaturedpic.twitter.com/OtlYbJzGSu