Paramedics help save boy's life in Rohnert Park

A Paramedic conducting a CPR demonstration.

April 15, 2013 7:38:42 PM PDT
Two off-duty paramedics are credited with saving the life of an 8-year-old boy who went into cardiac arrest after being hit with a baseball during a Cal Ripken Baseball League game.

Witnesses say the boy was hit in the chest with a pitch. He then took a few steps toward first base and then collapsed.

Seasoned paramedics Susan and Dan Farren knew immediately that something was wrong and sprang into action.

The boy was unresponsive so they started performing CPR until an ambulance could arrive.

"You know, we both saw him get hit. I think both of us, our first instinct, was that, you know he was ok. He was still standing there. He bent over a little bit and then he began to run and I, my first thought was 'oh, thank goodness.' And then he made it about 10 feet, and then he dropped," Susan said.

"There was no talking. There wasn't any preparation. It was just 'go to work, right now,'" Dan said.

The Farrens say that CPR chest compressions keep blood flowing to the brain, which is important because blood keeps the brain alive as long as possible.

A public safety officer used a defibrillator to deliver a shock to the boy and he regained consciousness.