A Manual High School baseball player is thankful to be alive after a baseball game last Tuesday took a turn for the worst. Austin Noel was the catcher in a game against Tremont. During the fourth inning, a foul ball caught Noel under his face mask, hit him in the throat and knocked him unconscious. That blocked his airway.
Luckily, an athletic trainer was in the dugout and helped save Noel's life.
The details of what happened April 1 may be fuzzy for Noel, but what he does know is that Greg Eberle took the lead in saving his life.
"Never in my career have I had to deal with a situation like that," said Eberle, Assistant Director of Sports Medicine at Hopedale Medical Complex.
Last Tuesday, a foul ball turned your typical high school game into a race to save one player's life.
"Greg opened my airway and gave me the breath, basically the life I needed to live," said Noel. Noel's airway was blocked after a foul ball hit him in the throat.
"When we got him down he was gurgling which is not really breathing," Eberle said. "He did go unconscious and he was non-responsive at the time." Eberle tried to clear the airway and started mouth-to-mouth while the school nurse monitored his heart until emergency crews arrived.