How Hands-Only CPR Saved a Lacrosse Player’s Life

Referee Jeff Bambrick remembers the moment he saw Samuel Deming collapse during the championship game. About two minutes remained when an offensive player fired a shot at the goal that struck Deming instead. Initially, it appeared that he had just been hit in the lower abdomen as he crumpled to the ground. The coach and trainer came out on the field as Bambrick spoke with the other officials to see if they should stop the clock.

After a minute or so, Bambrick went over to see how Deming was doing.

“As I walked up, I heard agonal gasping. It’s a very distinctive type of gasping,” Bambrick said. “In my career, I’ve heard it quite a few times, and I immediately recognized this guy is very near dead.”


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