VIDEO: 12-Year-Old Boy Survives After a Foul Ball to the Chest Stops His Heart
A 12-year-old boy was playing catcher during a little league baseball game when a foul ball hit him in the chest so hard that it literally stopped his heart from beating. Tragedy was averted for Sean Neely, from Freehold Township, NJ, after nurses and coaches helped save his life.
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His mother, Candy Neely, spoke about this unbelievable experience, saying, “He was just laying there, not moving, blue in the face, eyes rolled in the back of his head.” She went on to say that if the coaches hadn’t acted as fast as they did and performed CPR, Sean wouldn’t be here right now.
Candy described to Martha MacCallum the panic she was feeling when this happened because her son has never had any heart problems before. The condition, called commotio cordis, is very uncommon and is caused by a sudden blow to the chest.
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“You don’t have to have a health problem for this to happen to you.” she said.
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