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HS Basketball Team Saves Player’s Life With AED

Andy Berg

A Michigan high school boys' basketball team took quick action to save a teammate’s life after he had a medical emergency during practice.

Danny Witbeck, a star senior for Evart High School’s varsity basketball team, collapsed during sprints last week. 

“Danny was finishing 16 seconds, 16 seconds down and back, down and back, he actually looked over to coach Anderson, my assistant coach and said, coach I can do this all day,” head coach Kris Morgan told 9&10 News.

After the comment, Danny fell to his knees.

“When I got over to him and started talking to him, it didn’t take me long to figure out that something was going wrong with him,” says Morgan.

Witbeck proceed to go into cardiac arrest, which is when Morgan and assistant coach Kevin Anderson began CPR. The rest of the team ran for the AED.

“The AED was already hooked on to him, the pads were on him and it was analyzing him, right then and after that analyzing, it said shock required and then it shocked him,” Morgan said.

The team was able to revitalize Witbeck before paramedics arrived.

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