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Medics Save Footballer during Game

Posted by cocreator on February 19, 2014
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Cardiac arrest footballer Mark Moore has been reunited with his lifesavers.

Mark Moore the Survivor

Mark Moore the Survivor

The Longlevens FC player collapsed on the pitch and owes his survival to a group of paramedics playing on an adjacent pitch.

His heart was shocked back into life – at the ninth attempt – and he had an emotional reunion with the men responsible. It comes as football fans in the city shout up about their sport’s place in Gloucester’s affections.

Mark had just scored when his heart stopped during a match in August 2012. Luckily, there were plenty of other players out enjoying a kickabout that day, including a team of paramedics on the adjacent pitch.

Thanks to their quick thinking and the defibrillator carried by a rapid responder, Mark’s heart was shocked back into life – at the ninth attempt.

Mark returned to action in his club’s final game that season.

His incredible story featured on BBC One programme, Real Lives Reunited this week.

Mark was replayed the emotional 999 call made by a friend on the sidelines.

In the programme he said: “I really shouldn’t have the opportunity to say what a brilliant job they done and to say thanks.”

James French, who manages Longlevens AFC, said although rugby may be number one, there is no doubting the popularity football still holds across the city.

“Football is as popular as ever in Gloucester,” he said.

“There are plenty of teams, although the standard dips a bit outside of the two main clubs at Tuffley and Longlevens.

“If football wasn’t as popular as it is, then Mark would probably not be with us today.

“It is because there were other teams playing at the same time as his match that help was on the scene so quickly.”

James added: “Mark tried to come back again in pre-season, but his defibrillator kicked in when he had another irregular heartbeat.

“He has had to retire from playing as a result but now runs our reserve team and they are doing really well.

“The community has rallied around the club and Mark during his recovery. That alone show how strong the links are with football in Gloucester.”

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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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Umpire Saves Ballpark Server

Posted by cocreator on October 17, 2013
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Jim Joyce is a baseball umpire known for his famous blown call, costing a pitcher a perfect game. But on August 20, 2012, Joyce made the best call of his life, and it was right here in Phoenix at Chase Field.

Jane Powers, a ballpark server, starts every home game the same way — by coming into work early and walking seven laps around the stadium. On this memorable game day, Powers walked down into the tunnel where workers have their pregame meeting.

“My muscles contracted and they felt weird to me, so I went over to my friend and I said, ‘I don’t feel right,’” Powers recalled.

This was the last thing that she remembered.

Joyce happened to be the umpire for that evening’s game. As he was heading towards the umpire locker room, he had seen Powers fall to the ground. Luckily, Joyce had previously learned CPR and was in the right place at the right time.

Due to Joyce’s heroic effort, Powers was able to survive going into cardiac arrest five times.

Today, Powers is healthy and back at Chase Field.

“I need to pay it forward and get the message out. I take it personal. I am here for a reason and I need to fulfill that reason,” she said.

Powers has recently started to throw birthday parties that involve teaching CPR to her friends. Someone who learned at one of her parties has gone on to use CPR to save another life.

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Coach Saves Referee at Game

Posted by cocreator on October 17, 2013
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An automated external defibrillator,commonly known as an “AED” is the piece of medical equipment responsible for saving Pete Swiggum’s life Monday, after he collapsed onto the field while officiating a football game at Notre Dame Academy.

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“I was just reffing the game, I had just spotted the football and walked around the defensive line to get to my position and the lights went out,” explains Swiggum, “It was something related to my heart having a small leak.”

“It was very surreal, and very scary,” says Notre Dame Athletic Director Ken Flaten.


Terry Hess is a Prevea Health Athletic Trainer who is present at every Notre Dame sporting event. He came to the rescue with the AED, something Notre Dame has had for years but never used.

“All of the studies have shown that if you manage to get an AED on someone within two minutes of their collapsing their chances of survival increase dramatically. It is our best chance at getting someone to live if we can manage to do that,” says Hess.

“I wouldn’t be here today if I would have been driving, if I had been in the backyard, in the basement somewhere where no one was around it could have been the last time,” says Swiggum.

Swiggum says as soon as he’s feeling better he plans to come back to the field to officiate games just as he’s done the last two decades.

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