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Baseball stops heart of N. Cal. boy

Posted: April 15, 2013 8:57 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2013 8:57 a.m.
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ROHNERT PARK, Calif. (AP) — Officials say an 8-year-old boy's heart stopped after he was hit in the chest with a baseball during a game in Northern California, but he's expected to survive.

Aaron Johnson, a director for Cal Ripken Baseball in Rohnert Park, tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/XBl1kh ) the boy was hit while at bat Saturday. The boy took about five steps toward first base and collapsed.

Two parents performed CPR until paramedics came and used a defibrillator to restart his heart. He was breathing, had a pulse and was talking as he left in an ambulance.

The boy was recovering at Oakland Children's Hospital. Johnson declined to release his name.

Last week a Southern California boy died after a softball hit him in the chest at school on his 16th birthday.

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