The other day, Rol in talking with his fellow teammate, Al
It was here that Dr Robert L Merrick would make the discovery that had been keeping Rollin from recovering from his concussion. Dr Merrick, who went on to become the chief neurosurgeon with the University of Minnesota, came in early Saturday morning and asked Rol if he was left-handed. Up till now, the doctors had been looking for blood clots on the right hand side of the brain and would come up empty. As Rol's condition was worsening, the doctors were stumped. With Rol's answer in the affirmative, surgery was set up immediately with the doctors now looking on the left hand side of the brain. It seems that left handed people's brains affect the function of the left hand side of the body. The surgery took from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Rollin was given many transfusions and what followed was many days of continual bleeding and convulsions. His father, Reuben, wrote in his journal on November 2nd, that "Rol's speech was improving" and they were "very much encouraged."
But there is more to this story. One about his great grandmother, Ursula Marxer, and one about the "S" Club and how this injury changed their mission.