Martin Oleskiewicz and his sister Maureen were munching on hot dogs and watching the Cubs warm up before the start of Sunday’s game at Wrigley Field when Maureen suddenly slumped and fell between the rows of the right field bleachers.
“There were no signs she was in distress. She just went down,” said Martin, 23, shaking his head at the memory of standing by, helplessly, as a nurse in the crowd and EMTs performed chest compressions on his sister. “They were saying she didn’t have a pulse. It felt hopeless.”
He and the others providing aid didn’t know she had choked on a hot dog and was unable to breathe. She was rushed to Illinois Masonic Hospital not far from the ballpark and pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Oleskiewicz was 28.