Athletic trainer saves N. TX teen's life

A Richardson High School student-athlete collapsed during a workout earlier this week and stopped breathing, but thanks to fast emergency care from a trainer and coaches, the young man survived.

Sophomore offensive and defensive lineman Jesus Flores Banegas fell down Monday during some athletic drills.

Maria Rosanelli, an athletic trainer at the school, grabbed an automated external defibrillator, or AED, and ran to the field to help.

"I began compressions," said Rosanelli. "I told one of the coaches to get the AED ready. I had one of my students cut his shirt open and we put the AED on, and it said ‘Shock advised,' so we did that."

Banegas began breathing again, was rushed to the hospital and returned to school Friday.

Being an athletic trainer is by no means glamorous, and at times they go unnoticed. But Rosanelli says she has Richardson High's back.

"Unfortunately, in our profession, it will probably come up again," she said. "You just hope you're there at the right time, handle it the same way and save a life again."

About two years ago, a teen fell off the hood of a moving car and fell to the ground.

Rosanelli rushed to help while 911 was called.

She realized he was having a seizure, made sure his head and neck were stable and rolled the boy onto his back.

If she hadn't, doctors say he would have suffered brain damage by the time help got there because of a lack of oxygen.


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