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Boy survives after foul ball to the chest stops his heart

Tragedy was averted on a Little League baseball field when the quick thinking of coaches and nurses saved the life of a 12-year-old boy whose heart stopped beating in the middle of the game.

Sean Neely, from Freehold Township, N.J., was playing catcher when a foul ball hit him so hard in his chest that his heart stopped beating.  The condition, called commotio cordis, is very uncommon and is caused by a sudden blow to the chest.  It only has a survival rate of about 15 percent.

In Sean’s case, however, his baseball coaches were able to step in and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with the aid of nurses present, thus saving his life.

“He was just laying there, not moving, blue in the face, eyes rolled in the back of his head,” Sean’s mother Candy Neely told Fox News.  “…If they weren’t there and hadn’t acted at the right time, Sean wouldn’t be here today.”

Sean, who has no history of other cardiac problems, was flown to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he made a full recovery.