|RP boy, 8, revived after suffering cardiac arrest on baseball diamond
An off-duty fire captain/paramedic and another paramedic helped revive an 8-year-old boy who was playing in a Rohnert Park Cal Ripken Baseball League game after he suffered a cardiac arrest after being hit in the chest with a pitch on Saturday afternoon.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was hit with the pitch shortly before 3:34 p.m. while playing at Colegio Vista Park. He took several steps toward first base when he collapsed onto the field.
That's when Dan Farren, with the Petaluma Fire Dept. and Sue Farren, an executive with Faulk ambulance service, rushed to the field to assess his condition. When the boy became unresponsive, the Farrens began CPR procedures and continued until officers from the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety and an ambulance from Sonoma Life Support arrived.
RPDPS Officer Brandon Davidge, an engineer assigned to the Fire Division, immediately applied an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the boy and delivered one defibrillation shock. The boy regained consciousness a short time later and was transported Code 3 to a local hospital. He was stabilized and then flown to Children's Hospital in Oakland.
Aaron Johnson, the director of operations for the Rohnert Park Cal Ripken Baseball League and a sergeant with RPDPS said these types of incidents, while frightening, are few and far between. Johnson said that incident illustrates the benefit of having members of the community trained in CPR. He was thankful for the rapid response and care from the Farren family and believes the Farrens saved the boy by providing immediate CPR.
Johnson said he wishes the boy and his family a speedy recovery. He further asked any concerns from the community or families of other baseball players on the field at the time of this incident be directed to the league website at www.calripken.org.