Archive - May 24, 2012 - Campaign Article

Archive - May 24, 2012 - Campaign Article

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Tragedy Averted as Coaches and Nurses Save Boy on Baseball Field

Sean Neely, 12, was playing catcher when he was hit in chest by a foul ball

Sean Neely, 12, was playing catcher when he was hit in chest by a foul ball

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ--Sean Neely, 12, is alive today because of the lifesaving efforts of two Freehold Township, New Jersey, Little League coaches and other volunteers who came to the child’s aid during a baseball game at Michael J. Tighe Park, Freehold Township, on May 12.

Sean was playing catcher for the Rangers in a game against the Blue Jays and was wearing a chest protector that was properly fitted, officials said. During the top of the fourth inning, a ball was fouled off by a batter, and it struck Sean in the chest, sending him into cardiac arrest.

A quick response from Sean’s coaches Steve Crowley and Mike Schlessinger, who initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), along with help from Maureen Gugliotta and Sue Portaleos (both nurses), brought Sean back to life, according to his parents, Tom and Candy Neely.

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