From Buffalo, Minnesota (video at link):
Posted: Dec 11, 2014 9:13 PM EST
Updated: Dec 11, 2014 11:34 PM EST
Jason Maurer is back with his Buffalo High School wrestlers, back where he belongs. Maurer’s heart stopped the night of June 5 while playing rec softball with his best friends. He coaches the wrestling team, and one of his wrestlers watched the scene unfold in horror.
“I was really scared,” Buffalo senior wrestler Hunter Durand said. “It was really hard to watch.”
Maurer, on the other hand, was certainly there, but only knows of the incident what he’s been told.
“Yeah, as far as I know, I was dead. I don’t know the medical terms, but I think I was dead for two minutes,” he said.
Fortunately for Maurer, though, emergency help was literally a foul tip away. On the opposite team, anesthesiologist Dave Prybilla jumped into action clearing his airway. On the next field over, two teams of first responders, police and fire, were squaring off and came running. An automated external defibrillator would shock his heart and with CPR, he lived.
“I don’t exactly know who all helped out, but know I was very lucky they were all there,” he said.
A Thursday night thanks
Thursday night in Buffalo was about saying thank you. Coach Maurer had a difficult recovery, but has returned to teach special education and coach the varsity wrestling team. His heroes were honored for their quick-thinking before the Bisons’ first home meet of the season. …
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