|Dick Williams |
One of the passengers, a young tennis player named Dick Williams, put on a life jacket and, before he jumped into the frigid Atlantic, he helped fill a boat with passengers. Grateful, they pulled him into the boat to safety but, as it was overloaded, it took in water and, an already shivering Williams, had to sit in ankle-deep cold water until 4 a.m. when they were rescued by the Carpathia.The doctors told him that he had such terrible frost bite that they would have to amputate his legs in order to save his life from gangrene that was sure to set in.
Dick refused and began to pace the boat with bandaged feet every two hours in a valiant effort to restore circulation to his badly frostbitten legs.
To the doctors' surprise, after two days of his grueling self-prescribed walk every two hours, Williams' legs began to improve, he started feeling them again, and circulation was restored, thus savings his life and his legs.Once on shore, after a rigorous training program, three months later, Williams won the mixed doubles title at the U.S. National Championship.
His career included winning Wimbledon, Olympic gold medal, and being inducted into the Hall of Fame.