Prayer and Defibrillator Save Lacrosse Player Struck in Heart
“Pretty much the entire campus had stopped what it was doing to surround Grant and his parents with prayer. ‘We felt like we were part of a miracle, Kohlman said.” When a a Centerville High School lacrosse player collapsed after a goal shot struck him in the chest during a match with Moeller (Montgomery/Cincinnati), medics in the crowd sprang into action with the Beacon Orthopedics staff — and the players and their parents began a different kind of effort to save him. From the Cincinnati Enquirer story by Scott Springer:
What occurred to Mays was a condition called “commotio cordis.” It’s something Lindsey and all trainers learn in college and is defined as a lethal disruption of heart rhythm caused by a direct blow to the chest while the heart is in between beats.
“When that happens, it sends the heart into a quivering state,” Lindsey said. “It’s not beating efficiently. It’s like the heart muscle is twitching and not firing.”
Whomever may have had doubts of the power of prayer before had to have at least come away with something to think about during those tense moments. Both teams gathered around the scene and all was quiet except for the sound of “Hail Mary” being repeated by those kneeling near Mays.
After Grant collapsed, the players witnessed his mother sprinting toward her son and sobbing.
“We held hands and did the only thing we knew to do: pray. Pray hard and loud,” Moeller junior lacrosse player Adam Kohlman said. “That kid needed us and that Mom needed us.”
While his son was being attended to, Doug Mays walked around the field asking spectators to pray. The nearby rugby game also stopped and those players joined in the spiritual efforts while Lindsey’s crew worked fervently on resuscitating Mays.
“It was almost like the perfect storm,” McGinnis said. “It’s a great blessing to have the right people watching our game and taking a tragic situation and turning it in to a positive result.”
After the story was reported in USA Today and spread on social media, Moeller published the following statement on its Facebook page:
Thank you for your kind thoughts and words regarding the events that unfolded during the Lacrosse game at Moeller on Saturday.
In the coming weeks we will continue to pray for the Mays family – that their hearts can be calm once again and that Grant makes a full recovery.
Thank you to all of the staff, coaches, directors and professionals that reacted fast and used their knowledge, training and experience to assist Grant in his time of need.
To all of the students and families – your act of faith during those moments will never be forgotten.
Centerville High School – we are happy to call you a part of our#MoellerFamily
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