|Sister Cavanaugh (Seated) with a Student Nurse|
Demetrios, whose English in those days was not proficient, treated the injury and then went and asked one of the nurses, Sister Cavanaugh, what pole vaulting meant.
"It's jumping with a pole," she said.
But he didn't even know what a "pole" was, much less how one jumped with one.
Sister Cavanaugh said it was like a big stick you used for jumping. Demetrios still had no idea what she meant, and her repeated attempts at explanation all failed.
Finally, she looked around, and in a corner (just out of view of this photo, to the left) found a pole with a hook on the end used for lowering the shades of those tall windows.
"This is a pole," she explained. And with a running start, she pole-vaulted right over the examining table!