Defibrillator saves Colonia (N.J.) basketball player’s life

Defibrillator saves Colonia (N.J.) basketball player’s life

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Defibrillator saves Colonia (N.J.) basketball player’s life

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Razeenak Walker of Edison, grandmother of Kittim Sherrod, speaks during U.S. Frank Pallone, Jr.'s press conference with Edison High School students, coaches and administrators to introduce his federal legislation of the Cardiomyopathy Health Education, Awareness, Risk Assessment and Training in the Schools (HEARTS) Act at Edison High School. (Photo: Tanya Breen, MyCentralJersey)

Razeenak Walker of Edison, grandmother of Kittim Sherrod, speaks during U.S. Frank Pallone, Jr.’s press conference with Edison High School students, coaches and administrators to introduce his federal legislation of the Cardiomyopathy Health Education, Awareness, Risk Assessment and Training in the Schools (HEARTS) Act at Edison High School. (Photo: Tanya Breen, MyCentralJersey)

A Colonia High School basketball player who collapsed on the court during a freshman game at Edison High School on Tuesday afternoon is resting comfortably at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick thanks to the lifesaving efforts of staff from both high schools, Woodbridge school officials said.

“You can’t say enough about what those people did,” Woodbridge Schools Superintendent Robert Zega said. “To save a life is something to be proud of. I think the trainer and the staff at Edison and the coaches at Colonia did an awesome job. I can’t thank them enough for their lifesaving actions. It’s a miracle.”

Edison certified athletics trainer Tim Root, Edison health and physical education teacher Mark Blevins, Colonia freshman coach Joe LaSala and Colonia assistant coach Tyler Jackow were among those who Woodbridge school officials said helped save the player’s life.

“He’s alert and undergoing a series of tests,” said Colonia Athletic Director Ben LaSala, who declined to provide further details or identify the student-athlete out of deference to the player and his family.

Zega, who was not on the scene when the incident occurred in the second quarter, said he believed Root defibrillated the player within less than a minute of his collapse.

“I understand they administered an AED (automatic external defibrillator), and the boy was taken to the hospital,” Zega said. “It’s a credit to the training, the responsiveness and the professionalism of all the people who were involved.”

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