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Coaches Save Teen during Baseball Practise

Posted by cocreator on March 19, 2014
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A couple of coaches getting credit for not only developing young baseball talent–but saving the life of one of their players.


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The Thompson Valley High School coaches jumped into action when 14-year-old Tommy Lucero’s heart suddenly stopped Wednesday.

The baseball team was finishing up practice. Lucero was jogging when he collapsed in right field.

He was airlifted from McKee Medical Center in Loveland to Children’s Hospital in Aurora that night.

“He’s all boy. He’s got a heart of gold,” says Lucero’s mom, Julie Kruit.

The teen also has a heart with an undiagnosed defect.

“I started running at the right field line, then after that, I just blanked out. Next thing I knew, I woke up in here,” says Lucero, in his hospital bed.

“It was scary as could be,” says coach Chad Raabe, about seeing Lucero lying unresponsive as his teammates, and 16-year-old brother, surrounded him.

He started CPR, while Coach Jay Denning ran inside the school for a heart defibrillator.

“Coach Denning called 911. I tried to get his vitals: pulse, respiration and had nothing,” says Raabe.

He did compressions for four to six minutes, but never got a pulse. Then, an ambulance arrived and took over Lucero’s care.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare for something to happen to their child and you have no control. But these coaches had control,” says Kruit.

Doctors say Lucero’s family owes everything to the coaches and their training.

“We know what would have happened. He would not have made it. I can’t express enough gratitude that they’d taken the time to get trained,” says Kruit.

The freshman now prepares for open heart surgery to repair a rare abnormality that doesn’t present symptoms until a child is a teen while exercising.

“I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for them knowing what to do for me and saving my life like that,” he says.

His coaches have taught him a lot about baseball.

And they’ve taught his mom the importance of CPR.

“All of us can make a difference. You never know when you’re going to need that training,” says Kruit.

The teen won’t be pitching or catching baseballs for a while–so he admires a baseball the entire team signed for him instead.

“It means a lot that they’re always there for me as a team. They’ll always be there for me,” says Lucero.

On the field and off.

Lucero has open heart surgery Monday–which his mom says will give him the ability to live a normal life.

He’s hoping he can get back with the team before the season is over. Their first game is next week.

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Coach & Cop Save Boy at Baseball Game

Posted by cocreator on February 19, 2014
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A nine-year-old boy has an inspirational message for his baseball coach and the other man who saved his life. When he collapsed, the two heroes didn’t think twice about doing whatever it took to keep the child alive.

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It was a field of dreams, but it turned into a nightmare for Carlos Ramos and his wife Micki.

“It was absolutely the worst experience of my life and one I wish that no parent has to go through,” says Micki Ramos.

Ramos’ son TJ collapsed last Thursday during baseball practice at FC Byrne Park. Doctors say the nine-year-old boy suffered a heart attack due to a genetic Condition called CPVT.

“He wasn’t breathing for two to three minutes,” says Carlos Ramos.

TJ’S coach John Callahan and another parent, both of whom happen to be Philadelphia Police officers, raced into action trying to revive young TJ with CPR.

“They were checking his temp, and realized his fingers were turning blue,” says Carlos Ramos

Ramos says as his son’s life slipped away, but the policemen wouldn’t give up.

“The other officer gave him compressions to keep him breathing, keep him going,” says Ramos.” Without that, unfortunately, we wouldn’t be here, TJ wouldn’t be here and we’d be at diff location.”

On Wednesday, the nine-year-old boy underwent surgery for a defibrillator implant. Coach Callahan visited TJ at CHOP days after saving his life. The nine-year old even recorded a touching video for the officers, expressing his gratitude.

“Thanks coach Callahan and Coach Pasquerello for saving my life… thanks for giving me CPR…KISS” the boy said.

“They saved my son’s life. They gave me my life back. I’m forever indebted to them,” Micki Ramos says.

“Definitely want to thank Callahan and Pasquerello they saved our kid’s life, so we owe them our life,” Carlos Ramos says.

It’ll be a while before TJ steps back onto the baseball field, but his teammates say that now they’re playing for more than just a win.

TJ’S family hopes he’ll be home soon after he starts rehab next week to make sure his motor skills are ok. TJ is anxious to get back to playing catcher for his team. He’ll have to wear a specially padded chest protector in order to do it.

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Bystander Saves 8 Year Old during Baseball Game

Posted by cocreator on January 08, 2014
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An 8-year-old New Jersey boy who was hit in the chest by a baseball during a third base steal attempt is recovering and can return to the field in two weeks.

Ian McGreevy was struck Saturday as the catcher on the opposing team tried to throw him out.

“I was stealing third base and when I slid, it hit me in the heart,” he said.

He got up after he was hit, but quickly fell back to the ground. A mom who was watching her son play on the other team, the aptly named Harrington Park Angels, ran over to help.

“I just saw this beautiful child on the ground, his eyes were wide open, his lips were turning a little blue,” Maureen Renaghan told The Record . “I put my hand on his chest, and I didn’t feel anything.”

Renaghan began performing CPR on McGreevy, and by the fourth time she blew air into his mouth, she felt a heartbeat, she told The Record. He choked, turned over and threw up, she said.

He didn’t remember what happened, but he did recall his name and where he lived, Renaghan said.

When paramedics arrived, the boy was fully conscious.

The Yankees fan told NBC 4 New York on Monday that he wished he could return to playing immediately, but his mom and doctors say he has to wait two weeks.

Police Chief Albert Maalouf told The Record McGreevy had appeared to have gone into cardiac arrest, and authorities were told he had stopped breathing for up to a minute.

“You hear about people talk about heroics, and I try not to overuse that word, but in this case, I think it applies,” Maalouf told the paper. “For her to act fast, while others were in shock, she made a quick assessment and potentially saved this child’s life.”

Renaghan told the paper she learned CPR about 20 years ago while she was training to be a camp counselor. “I was just so glad I could help,” she said.

“It was overwhelming,” said the boy’s mother, Lisa McGreevy. “You never think it’s going to happen to your kids.”

Lisa McGreevy said her son will wear a protective shirt, also known as a heart guard, under his jersey for future games. The $50-$100 shirts are not required equipment for most youth baseball teams.

“These are little kids, they are playing an adult game,” she said.

Ian will be returning to school Tuesday, and he has a simple message for the mom who gave him CPR.

“Thank you for saving my life,” he said.

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Teamwork Save Teen during Little League Game

Posted by cocreator on April 19, 2012
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A Colonie father was thankful Monday night for all the people who saved his 11-year-old boy’s life.

The young boy’s heart stopped after he was struck in the chest by a pitch during a little league game Monday night.

As we understand from the boy’s father his son is recovering at Albany Medical Center. He says he’s going to be just fine. Things could have been much worse if it were not for the quick action of the Colonie Little League.

“I just want to thank the coaches from Colonie little league,” said Mark Mendrick.

Words alone cannot express how he feels about the people who rushed to his son’s aid when the boy collapsed on the little league field at Cook Park in Colonie Monday night.

His 11-year-old boy went into cardiac arrest after he was hit in the chest by pitch during a little league game.

Prevratil, who also was the coach of the other team, was the first to begin CPR.

“There was no panic from anyone, no hysteria,” Prevratil said. “Everyone did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

The boy’s coach, Mike Martin, bolted from the dugout and realized the boy was having trouble breathing, Prevratil said.

When Prevratil saw the boy’s coach needed further assistance, he rushed from his own dugout. On his way to home plate, he heard someone from the stands shout, “Call 911!”

While Martin and Prevratil tended to the boy, he slipped out of consciousness. That’s when Prevratil began CPR.

Prevratil said he performed chest compressions for only about 30 seconds before police arrived.

Colonie Police officer Brian Curran was the first on the scene, and he continued CPR for another minute before the EMT team reached the boy with a defribrillator, Colonie Police Lt. Robert Winn said.

The boy’s heart restarted while he still was lying in the batter’s box, Prevratil said, and he was taken away by ambulance.

EMT’s took over using a defibrillator. They resuscitated the boy and rushed him to Albany Medical Center. Cardiologist doctor Jim O’Brian says what happened to the young player is extremely rare.

“He’s the classic age. It occurs in young boys when the pitch is hard but not so hard,” said O’Brian.

O’Brian says that causes agitation of the heart where the ball hits the chest at exactly the wrong time — disrupting the regular heartbeat. The boy, we’re told is lucky to be alive and doing ok.

“He’s got some hurdles to go. The rest of the kids are taking it fairly well. Some are too little to understand,” said Mendrick.

Meanwhile, Mendrick says he’s received emails from little leagues across the country, wishing for a speedy recovery.

His father told NewsChannel 13, the boy is already sitting up and asking when is he going to be back on the field.

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Coaches & Nurse Save Teen during Baseball Tryouts

Posted by cocreator on February 09, 2012
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A Jessie Clark Middle School student was upgraded from serious to fair condition early Wednesday after collapsing during a baseball drill Monday afternoon.


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Meanwhile, Fayette County Public Schools officials said the student received prompt treatment in accordance with established emergency action plans.

Benjamin Highland the Survivor

“How it was handled with the trainer and coaches … everything was done as it should have been done,” Fayette Schools athletics director Don Adkins said during a news conference at the school district’s central office.

Benjamin Highland, an eighth-grader at Jessie Clark, collapsed about 5:30 p.m. Monday on the baseball field at Lafayette High School, where he was participating in conditioning drills in preparation for tryouts for Lafayette’s baseball team later this month. Highland apparently planned to try out, district officials said.

Highland was rushed to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was reported in critical condition Tuesday morning. His condition was upgraded to serious Tuesday afternoon.

Fayette high schools director Mike McKenzie said a veteran high school trainer, various Lafayette coaches and passersby pitched in to help when the boy was stricken.

The trainer, Jenni Williams, directed coaches to dial 911, treated Highland with an external defibrillator and then administered CPR while waiting for an ambulance to arrive, he said. A nurse who lives in the area and was out walking her dog saw what was happening and rushed in to help with CPR, while an off-duty police officer at the scene helped by making sure the ambulance could get onto the ballfield quickly, according to McKenzie.

District officials were trying to get the nurse’s name so they could thank her.

“It really was a team effort by a lot of people on the sidelines who jumped in and helped out,” he said.

McKenzie particularly credited Williams, a veteran trainer. Williams, who serves the school district under a contract with UK, was declining comment Tuesday, university officials said.

“With the adrenalin and emotion after such an event, she was pretty shook for a while last night,” McKenzie said. “She’s fine. But in the moments after such a situation where you’ve just helped a young person survive … .

“In talking with her last night … we thanked her and told her job well done. Her first response was, ‘It was a team effort.'”

Meanwhile, Fayette middle schools director Kelley Ransdell said the district sent support staff to Jessie Clark on Tuesday morning to help faculty members in offering support to students arriving for classes. Eighth-grade teachers spent extra time with their homeroom students Tuesday morning to explain what had happened and make counseling available if requested, Ransdell said.

“District support staff … reported to me this morning that things were going really well and that students were already in the mode of preparing some get-well cards,” she said.

Ransdell said Jessie Clark students were “really concerned” about their stricken classmate, “as we all are.”

According to Fayette school district officials, Highland and at least six other eighth-graders were participating in the drills Monday when the incident occurred.

It is not unusual for talented eighth-grade players to try out for high school baseball teams. At least 10 eighth-graders were on Lafayette’s roster last year, according to the school’s Web site.

The conditioning drills at Lafayette had been going on for several days, according to district officials.

McKenzie said he didn’t know the specific kind of drills that being used Monday. But he said no “hard-running activity” was involved. According to Ransdell, the drills already had started Monday afternoon when the middle school students arrived and started to take part.

McKenzie said the players had completed a drill and were transitioning to another when Highland collapsed. “One of the kids yelled ‘Coach;’ they looked over and saw a young man start to go down,” he said.

According to McKenzie, Lafayette head baseball coach Chris Langston rushed to Highland’s side and “determined immediately that they needed the trainer and called the trainer who was just inside the gym.”

When Williams arrived, she directed an assistant coach to dial 911 and sent another to bring the defibrillator. She then began CPR, McKenzie said.

McKenzie said he didn’t know how long CPR was administered before an ambulance arrived. He also said he didn’t know how long the conditioning drills had been going on before the boy collapsed.

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