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'Team effort' rescues 15-year-old basketball player stricken by heart attack during game
Nancy Parsons, principal at Lebanon High School, said sophomore Chris Roberge was "doing very well" at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Saturday. "He is responding with head shakes, yes and no. He recognizes people," she said.
Chris is the son of Carline Roberge of Lebanon and John Roberge of Groveton; his stepfather is Balvin Bowen, according to Parsons.
Hopkinton athletic director Dan Meserve and others rushed to help the stricken boy, who had no pulse and was not breathing. They performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and used an AED, an automated external defibrillator.
Meserve was running the clock when the Lebanon coach called over to him, asking for help. "He said, 'I need a trainer now. One of my players is in trouble,'" he said.
Meserve started doing CPR, and someone ran for the AED, which was close by. "We had to shock him twice," Meserve said.
Meserve said one of the officials and two parents who had medical backgrounds stepped up to help. "It was an absolute team effort," he said. "It really was, in a sad, strange way, nice to see everybody just get together and do this."
And on behalf of the Roberge family, he said, "we just can't express enough thanks for everybody that was there."
In August, Meserve took a refresher course in CPR, where the instructor suggested singing the song "Stayin' Alive" while performing chest compressions to keep the correct rhythm. And that's just what he did as he worked on Chris, he said. "I'm actually singing out loud, 'Stayin' Alive.'"
"God wasn't ready for him yesterday, thank heaven," she said. "It wasn't his day to go."
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