Defibrillator gives teen a second chance

April 26, 2008 7:55:16 AM PDT
A Cardinal Gibbons High School senior has a second chance at life after almost dying during a lacrosse game last weekend.

Alex Beuris says his tux is ready for prom.

"I still can't get over the fact that it happened," Beuris said.

What happened to Beuris makes his prom night more than just a tux and a tie. The all-state lacrosse player nearly died.

"I was defending a guy, reached out, the ball came and hit me in the chest," Beuris said. "I threw off my helmet and just went down."

His heart stopped and so did his mother's.

"It wasn't his time to go, it wasn't," Sharon said.

The odds were for Alex. Three doctors, four nurses and a defibrillator were in the stands. Fans and players stopped to pray.

"I consider myself very lucky," Dr. Patrick O'Brian, WakeMed Rehab, said. And a bit of a hero.

Dr. O'Brian and several other parents to work.

"Everything that we did that early afternoon is something that you would learn in an American Red Cross CPR course," O'Brian said.

That's why Alex and his mother are sharing his amazing story of survival.

When Alex was a freshman, it was his job to carry the defibrillator to every varsity game. Little did he know it would someday save his life.

But defibrillators cost thousands of dollars -- a luxury some school can't afford.

"It's so important for people to know CPR and to have that AED available so if there's ever a situation like this again, we can have good results," Sharon said.

Good results and in Alex's case, this prom night -- good times.

"Not at all," Alex said. "I'll just sit around, maybe one or two dances. I appreciate life. The little things."

Alex says he won't return to the field anytime soon, but he hopes to play at UNC this fall.


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