Sonoma County sports leagues buy defibrillators after boy collapses

A Paramedic conducting a CPR demonstration.
April 27, 2013 3:32:04 PM PDT
Sonoma County youth sports leagues are buying life-saving defibrillators after an 8-year-old baseball player's heart suddenly stopped right after he got hit in the chest by a pitch.

On April 13, paramedics in the stands watching the game jumped in and used CPR to keep Matthew Henry alive until an ambulance crew arrived.

They used a defibrillator to shock the boy's heart back into a normal rythym. Henry is now recovering from the incident.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Saturday: Several little leagues are already buying the machines at a cost of more than $1,600 each.


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