The emergency 911 call made from golfer Tiger Woods’ mansion after his mother-in-law collapsed in the bathroom was released today.
Barbro Holmberg, mother of Woods’ Swedish wife Elin Nordegren, was rushed to a hospital in Florida early yesterday complaining of stomach pains.
The 57-year-old is now back at the golfer’s home, where she has been staying for the past few days while he deals with a string of extra-marital affair claims that surfaced after he crashed his car outside their home.
In the call released by police a woman can be heard saying in a panicked voice: “My mum just collapsed.
“She collapsed in the bathroom, what do I do?”
The emergency operator responded: “Calm down, OK. What is the address? Is she breathing? They’re coming, OK. Calm down for a minute so I can understand what’s happening.”
A child can be heard crying in the background and the caller later explained that Ms Holmberg fainted and fell but now appeared to be “fine”.
The operator added: “We’d rather come check her and check her vitals to make sure everything is OK.”
Ms Holmberg, who arrived in the US from her native Sweden, was taken by ambulance to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Florida, following an emergency call early yesterday morning.
Dan Yates, a spokesman for the hospital, said Ms Holmberg’s condition was not serious and she was released about 11 hours after arriving.
The incident came as Gatorade became the first company to drop its endorsement of Woods since his wholesome image began to become tarnished in the wake of last month’s crash.
But the firm, owned by PepsiCo, told reporters the decision to discontinue its Tiger Woods sports drink product was “made months ago”.
In a statement, the firm said: “We decided several months ago to discontinue Gatorade Tiger Focus along with some other products to make room for our planned series of innovative products in 2010.”
News of the latest incident at the Woods’ address provided more fodder for an eager US and global media that has closely followed the sportsman’s personal woes over the past 12 days.
Media scrutiny of the world’s best golfer’s private life has been intense since he crashed his car into a fire hydrant and tree on November 27.
Woods was taken to hospital and medical records listed the reason for his submission as suspected “OD”, shorthand for overdose, according to showbiz website TMZ.com
It also reported he was having trouble breathing and that Ms Nordegren gave paramedics two pill bottles, muscle relaxant Ambien and painkiller Vicodin, at the accident scene.
Woods was admitted under the alias William Smith, the website said.
The incident left the 33-year-old bloodied and dazed, and raised questions over the circumstances leading up to the accident.
It has been speculated that reports of an affair with New York nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel led to a confrontation with his wife shortly before he got into his SUV that morning.
Since the crash, a number of other women have come forward with claims of affairs with the golfer.
One, cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs, went as far as releasing a phone message reported to be from Woods asking her to cover up over the alleged affair.
Ms Grubbs told US Weekly she conducted a lengthy relationship with Woods shortly after the 2007 Masters – two months before Woods’ wife gave birth to their first child.
In the voicemail released by the magazine, a man told Ms Grubbs: “Hey, it’s, er, it’s Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favour.
“Um, can you please, er, take your name off your phone. My wife went through my phone. And, er, may be calling you.
“If you can, please, take your name off that and, um, and what do you call it just have it as a number on the voicemail, just have it as your telephone number. That’s it, OK. You gotta do this for me. Huge. Quickly. All right. Bye.”
Woods has not commented directly on the allegations.
But last week he apologised for letting his family down and said he was dealing with his “behaviour and personal failings”.
A statement posted on his website referred to “personal sins” and “transgressions”.
“I am not without fault and I am far short of perfect,” it added.