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Fan Revives Youth Baseball Player Knocked Out By Ball To The Chest

Witnesses Said The Boy's Eyes Rolled Back Into His Head And He Stopped Breathing
(Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

(Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

HARRINGTON PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)– A youth baseball player temporarily lost consciousness when he was hit in the chest with a ball during a game, but was quickly revived by a spectator who performed CPR.

Harrington Park police tell The Record that the 8-year-old Northvale boy was sliding into third base when the ball hit him in the chest, just above the heart, on Saturday. Witnesses said the boy’s eyes rolled back into his head and he stopped breathing.

A woman watching the game came to the boy’s aid and soon revived him, and he was conscious and alert when paramedics arrived.

Harrington Park resident Maureen Renaghan, 40, ran across the field when she heard a man scream that the boy was unconscious, according to The Record.

Renaghan said that when she got to him, the boy’s lips were turning blue and she couldn’t detect a heartbeat; it was at that point that Renaghan began performing chest compressions, and pried the boy’s mouth open to blow air into his lungs. Eventually the boy began to cough, turned over and threw up, witnesses said.

When the boy finally came around he had no recollection of what had happened, according to a published report.

The child was flown to Hackensack University Medical Center and listed in good condition, The Record reported.

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