MANASSAS, Va. – A father says its a miracle his son is alive today, after a baseball hit him in the chest, stopping his heart. Luckily, a nearby teammate knew exactly what to do and saved his life.
Steve Smith was on the field in Virginia with his team on July 14 when a baseball came hurdling towards him, striking him squarely in the chest, instantly stopping his heart.
His dad, who also coaches the team, rushed to his side, and frantically asked if anyone knew CPR.
Paul Dow, Steve’s teammate, was the only person on the field who knew CPR.
“When I realized he had no pulse or heartbeat, that kind of scared me for a while because I knew he was dying,” Paul told WTTG. “I felt terrible because I didn’t know if he was going to be okay because he did die in my arms.”
Paul continued to do chest compressions until paramedics arrived.
Steve was flown to a trauma center. His parents say it’s a miracle he work up two days later.
“When I woke up, one of the first things my dad said was, ‘Paul saved your life,'” said Steve. “I still feel like I couldn’t do anything to repay him.”