Ripken League boy back at home
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By Dave Williams  April 17, 2013 04:56 pm

The 8-year-old boy who suffered a cardiac arrest after being hit in the chest with a pitch during a Rohnert Park Cal Ripken Baseball League game on April 13 was released from Children's Hospital in Oakland on Wednesday night and is at home recuperating.

Although he is better, he has strict orders to keep calm and no physical or emotional strain on his heart for four months, the league announced via Facebook. 

The boy, whose name has not been released, was revived by an off-duty fire captain/paramedic and another paramedic.

The boy 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. 

The league has taken steps to make sure it is prepared for this type of event if it should happen again or if anyone should collapse suddenly on its fields. The league has arranged for all managers and coaches to become CPR AED trained. In addition, the league approved funds to purchase AEDs, and they will be placed at all the current baseball fields. This will happen soon. In addition, the league has purchased 100 heart guards and will make them available for purchase by the parents at a nominal cost. If funding is an issue, the league will sponsor a child and purchase it for them.



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