The players panicked as they surrounded an unconscious Jonathan Moore on the football field outside Pearland’s Glenda Dawson High School on March 3.
A minute before, the 16-year-old had been running with his teammates prepping for football practice. But Jonathan, a husky fullback and defensive tackle, suddenly collapsed.
His heart had stopped beating. He had no pulse.
Team trainers Matt Thomas and Chris Shaddock hurried to Jonathan’s side and began CPR.
Thomas grabbed the school’s automatic external defibrillator and used it on Moore to restart his heart.
It started beating again and paramedics rushed the teen to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
“I was sure he was dead,” Shaddock said.
Jonathan barely remembers anything from the day he collapsed. Someone told him he was doing a good job, but a few days later he found himself lying in a hospital bed, scared and confused.
Jonathan said, “Collapsed, passed out, actually died and Shadack and other trainers brought me back.”
“l’m very grateful for Pearland ISD, the trainers and all the doctors here,” said Jonathan’s mother Vanessa Williams.
Thomas and Shaddock said they weren’t really heroes. They were just doing what they were trained to.
“It was a team effort,” Shaddock said.
Cardiologists at Children’s Memorial Hermann implanted an internal defibrillator to regulate Jonathan’s heartbeat.