In New Jersey, an 8-year-old boy was playing baseball, and attempting to steal third base when he was struck in the chest by a baseball. The opposing team’s catcher was attempting to throw him out. Ian McGreevy got up quickly after he was hit, but quickly fell back to the ground.
A mom, who was there watching her son, sprang into action. “I just saw this beautiful child on the ground, his eyes were wide open, his lips were turning a little blue,” Maureen Renaghan told The Record. “I put my hand on his chest, and I didn’t feel anything.”
She immediately began CPR on McGreevy. By the fourth time she blew air into his mouth, she felt a heartbeat. He choked, turned over, and threw up. He didn’t remember what happened, but did remember his name as well as where he lived. By the time paramedics arrived, he was fully conscious.
Renaghan had taken CPR about 20 years earlier when she was training to be a camp counselor. Police Chief Albert Maalouf calls her a hero, saying, “You hear about people talk about heroics, and I try not to overuse that word, but in this case, I think it applies. For her to act fast, while others were in shock, she made a quick assessment and potentially saved this child’s life.”
Here’s a related story on Roy on Rescue: Can a Ball Hitting My Child’s Chest Kill Him?
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