Home » News » Public Safety
'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."
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Powerboat hits canoe on Winnipesaukee - 2
- 2 motorcycle riders hurt in Laconia collision - 0
- Police search for driver in Hollis hit-and-run - 1
- Canoe, powerboat collide on Lake Winnipesaukee - 0
- Brothers escape being hit by circling boat - 1
- Cornish truck driver charged in fatal Merrimack crash - 2
- Truck flips on I-93 at Exit 4 on-ramp in Londonderry - 0
- Salem family ldisplaced by house fire - 0
- Mother says Abigail in 'deteriorated' health - 17
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Real estate transfer tax proposal pulled off table - 0
- Protesting information: Picket sign o' the times - 0
- Another View -- Mike Biundo: Where is Shaheen's gas price outrage now? - 0
- Seabrook's message: No one above the law here - 0
- Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: A humbling — and inspiring — event - 0
- Developer says proposed LNG plant in Groveton 'on hold' - 0
- Motivation Matters: 'Giving 110 percent' says more than you think - 0
- Know the Law: Do I need a prenup? - 0
- Life's just a great big game for Dan Yarrington - 0
Win tickets to see Cher's D2K Tour
E-cigarettes find a market in NH
Protesting workers nix Market Basket amnesty
Faith and freedom; a near-martyr comes to NH