Mom saves her teen’s life on a soccer field

(NEW) – Jose Agredano was on the field for his last JV football game of the season earlier this month when his parents, watching from the stands in Watsonville, Calif., noticed something was wrong. They ran to their 16-year-old son, who had been hit by a bullet, as he collapsed and stopped breathing. His mother, Dr. Gina Agredano, sprang into action, performing CPR on her boy for three minutes until an on-site defibrillator was brought in to shock and restart Jose’s heart. “I told myself that we were not going to die today”, says Gina Agredano to the Mercury News. The bullet had hit Jose on the left side of his chest, stopping his heart in what is called impact-induced cardiac arrest.

A doctor who treated José in the hospital after his ordeal explains that such events are possible when something hits the left side of a person’s chest at the right time in the electrical heart cycle, between heartbeats. “If it hadn’t been for the CPR and the defibrillator, Jose would have died,” she says. Jose – who managed to pass the ball before collapsing, according to the Benito Linkand at first thought he had just gotten his breath taken away, by KTVU— should fully recover without long-term damage. His reaction when he woke up in the ambulance? “I was really happy to be alive, but a bit upset because I wanted to keep playing.” (A teen helped save life of the officer who reserved him in prison.)

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