Boy Collapses On Baseball Field And Nearly Dies After He’s Struck In The Chest By A Line Drive

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Playing sports when one is young can come with many benefits. It’s a form of exercise that keeps one healthy and also gives one the opportunity to make friends.

Of course, there’s always a risk of injury when engaging in physical activity. While most sports are not usually seen as life-threatening, there are definitely ways in which a sport could put one in danger. In fact, one boy is lucky to be alive after he was struck by a fastball while playing baseball.

Patrick Plunkett, who is now 13 but was 12 at the time of the incident, was on the pitcher’s mound when the batter hit a line drive that struck him right in the heart.

Patrick then went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the ground. A nurse named Katie Patel heard the thump and ran onto the field. Thanks to the CPR she administered, Patrick was revived, much to his parents’ relief.

Though tragedy was avoided, the events of that day could have easily taken a turn for the worst had Katie not been present. Now, the nurse is urging everyone to get CPR training, as one never knows when it might come in handy.

Some parents also urge the moms and dads of baseball players to invest in heart guards that could potentially save lives.

Please SHARE this story with the parents of baseball players you know to tell them how they can keep their children safe!

Footage and photos provided by WTSP Tampa

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