Young athletes on importance of CPR after near death experiences

Two young athletes who were revived by CPR with their doctor at Dell Children's on July 12, 2016 (KXAN Photo)
Two young athletes who were revived by CPR with their doctor at Dell Children's on July 12, 2016 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two young athletes who “dropped dead” on sports fields are reuniting with the doctors, first responders and bystanders that saved their life for the first time.

Fifteen-year-old Dadrien Brown was walking off the basketball court when he fell to the ground, barely breathing. Dr. Daniel Shmorhun, one of his physicians at Dell Children’s Medical Center, said Brown was in cardiac arrest. His heart had stopped.

Weeks before, 13-year-old Deleye Kamara went into cardiac arrest during a soccer game. A trainer and coach from the opposing team helped revive Kamara on the field.

“When it came to my birthday I was thinking in my room, ‘Man, I’m not even supposed to be here right now.’ I was supposed to be six feet under,” Kamara said.

Both athletes were rushed to Dell Children’s where they went into surgery to get a pacemaker/defibrillator.

“Make sure you know how to do it because it makes a difference,” Austin firefighter Michael J. Heeney said. “When you hear a mother scream, are you going to be ready to go? Are you going to be that person that steps up and challenge themselves to start CPR?”

The families of the two young athletes want people to know the importance of having AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) and knowing how to use them.

You can request a CPR instructor come to your school, business or event and teach a class for free. Visit the ATCEMS website for more information.

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