Boy's heart stops after being hit with baseball
Quick-thinking coaches, nurses save 12-year-old's life
- Duration 5:25
- Date May 24, 2012
Quick-thinking coaches, nurses save 12-year-old's life
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As it was averted after a quick thinking baseball coaches and nurses saved the life of a twelve year old little boy -- -- was playing catcher.
When a foul ball hit him in the chest so hard.
That it literally stopped his heart from beating.
Folks on the field of course we're very worried.
He -- -- there not moving you know.
We'll win that phase.
Eyes -- -- -- has had we took his helmet off -- about -- and that's when you're dire situation.
There was no -- and it was clear he wasn't breathing if they didn't acts winning dead.
You know someone to be here right now.
Children's mom candy joins me on the phone candy welcome good to have you here.
First question how's he doing now.
-- -- -- You know everything -- vote to end.
Tell me in I can't even imagine if I had my kids all play sports as well and you know our everybody you know as a mother your heart -- -- -- -- when you see any kid go down on the field.
So when you win over there what went through your moment.
You know when I first heard you'd -- well I'm a planet really didn't know whatever it.
You know running up to Atlantic got -- thank -- -- -- you know not me.
I I I like panic -- you know and many other -- -- -- -- just I I don't know what do I.
I on the air that are on Atlanta's coach -- allies to direct help but but it is in good hands.
So how -- did it take for them to -- to get him to cover out because he's he he did before they they.
Choppered him out right break he first came around for a little bit that and he went out again and when he went out again that I have that right there and down it is totally out -- Clinton -- came on the kinda helped his coaches you know -- currently and thank -- about the they weren't there and acted at the great times in camps on the.
He's a beautiful little boy I am sure you assume you agree.
And I -- I just can -- add choked up just talking to you because I know how scary situations can be and I've never had anything like this happened to me thankfully but.
What did they had he ever had any heart condition before any concerns.
And health -- before yes.
Now he's back healthy cat and now -- -- -- any part of -- or.
I and it just bad the condition -- it -- the issue of borders which is it you don't have.
How to help out of the patent if it's at now -- a -- look -- -- their talent it that the art beat this city.
At every time a ball hit a great it is very rare.
Well we wish him well and -- and we hope he's doing just finding candy thank you for sharing your story with us some cherry took a few years off your life any backup -- gray hairs but you're a little boy looks like he's doing okay so.
And -- -- just you know we ought to get out there that eight -- eight and that everybody.
No matter -- even if you're not a coach art.
Good point excellent advice candy thank you so much our best to you and to shine your family okay thanks for -- in here.
Our -- to my attention out of Mark Siegel that you brazile -- -- with me now what what happened describe to us what happened to this little boy.
Well you know Shawn apparently -- -- normal he's totally in good health we first worried that kids that are performing in any kind of sports get checked.
His -- he with it that way and there's a lot check I think they're all.
Children before they participating competitive sport should get checked by a physician their pediatrician in this case to make sure they don't have an underlying problem fifteen regular check absolutely at least the regular check up maybe in the KG.
Something to make sure their heart is fine.
He doesn't have that problem his heart is apparently fine.
But now she's describing a condition commotion quarters which is very rare and it candy described it extremely accurately which is.
Not everybody that gets hit in the chest with a ball is gonna have this problem.
It's extremely rare it would have to hit the chest at exactly the right place and exactly the right time in the cardiac cycle because your heart.
Is under electrical stimulation it's literally like an electricity going through it.
It has to hit it exactly the moment and we'll let me shut it off and it shut it -- -- threw it into it what's called the lethal arrhythmia where.
He he he he's in big trouble.
The responders coming and doing CPR right away was crucial first thing you do is you betting on the chest once deceiving and bring it back.
That doesn't work you CPR CPR will give you 30%.
-- of what your heart normally gives you that's enough.
Temporarily 30% -- -- -- kind of just I believe both human where there so it's the breathing one guy does the breathing the other one does the -- -- questions.
That will really get you over for the next few minutes until the heart comes back if the heart doesn't come back.
You have an automated external defibrillator which was on hand and supposedly according to the American Heart Association.
Could save 20000 lives a year we need to have those eight ED's available that would have been the next step -- She's very lucky her -- is very lucky he's probably gonna be fine now.
And and it's also really good that he got airlifted to go to the children's hospital of Pennsylvania which is one of the top in the country.
Hospital thank you so much after seek -- amazing story or -- -- is doing better --