An Alabama high school baseball player is recovering in the ICU after his heart briefly stopped beating when he was struck in the chest by a baseball.
As reported by AL.com and Alabama ABC affiliate WAAY, Bob Jones baseball player Austin Robinson was struck in the chest during an exhibition game played at Buckhorn High. His heart was briefly thrown out of rhythm, effectively stopping it for an instant. Luckily for Robinson, a pair of Huntsville Hospital nurses were in the crowd, with Michelle Falcon and Mary Lambert rushing down to the field to watch over Robinson and them immediately begin CPR when his breathing stopped.
“When he collapsed, I instantly jumped from my seat and ran straight out to the field,” Falcon told WAAY. “Upon me getting in there, he was breathing on his own. Then it slowly started to decline. He then took in a last breath, then he stopped. At that point I checked for a pulse. There was no pulse, so I immediately began to perform CPR.”
Robinson was flown to Huntsville Hospital after an AED was used to reset his heart’s rhythm. According to AL.com, he was sedated overnight in pediatric ICU but was responsive to questions the following morning and had a breathing tube removed the following evening.
“I’ve never see anything like that. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen, by far,” Bob Jones coach Jared Smith told AL.com. “It was traumatizing for everyone. I definitely don’t want to experience that again.”
The hope is that neither Smith or Robinson will have to experience such a terrifying incident ever again, perhaps with Robinson working his way back to the baseball diamond as well.