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By Alexander Weiner
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Former ASU basketball player Michelle Tom helping Navajo Nation fight coronavirus

 

Last updated 6/15/2020 at 5:29pm

Michelle Tom

Former Arizona State Basketball star Michelle Tom, who is now a doctor at the Little Colorado Medical Center said staff members "probably have the most limited resources and the fewest beds for a facility of 17,000 people.

PHOENIX, Ariz.-The life of a college athlete can be stressful. Balancing academic and sports or taking the game-winning shot against a Top 10 team involves pressure.

Former Arizona State basketball player Michelle Tom did both, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to down No. 7 Washington in 1999. Now she deals with more serious stress: treating coronavirus patients in an underfunded community hospital for Native Americans.

Tom works for the Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow, her hometown, which is on the border of the Navajo Nation. Growing up on the reservation and going to high...



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