Millersville University baseball team plays the hero, saves a life

Published On May 17, 2013 | By Tyler Scionti

The Millersville University baseball team has been doing more than saving games lately, they have also been saving lives. That’s right, what first started as a late-night food run for a hungry baseball team turned into a story you’ll need to see to believe.

Early Wednesday morning, several members of the team went to get some snacks after the long trip to Johnstown, Pa., but were entirely unprepared for what they met on their way. As they walked toward their destination, a car pulled up with a couple begging for help for their young son, who was in grave danger after suffering a high fever and seizure.

“They got out of the car and started yelling,” said senior second baseman Evan King. “We were all confused and didn’t know what was going on.”

The boy’s mother, Megan Norman, said that Braydin Norman had a 104.3-degree fever, so she and her husband took him to the hospital even though he had been conscious and alert. But things took a turn for the worse in the car, and when he started to go into a seizure, vomited and choked on it, both parents panicked. That was when they ran into the Millersville baseball team.

Tyler McDonald, a redshirt sophomore was the hero of the night, taking control of the tense situation.

“We all ran towards them and we just assessed the situation,” said McDonald. “I asked if anyone was CPR certified because our school offers a class for it. No one said anything, so I was like ‘All right, I used to be CPR certified’ so I kind took over – I wouldn’t say took over, because we all helped, but I knew what I was doing.”

The players calmly told Braydin’s father to take off his jacket and put it under his son’s head to help clear his airway. One player help Braydin’s hand while McDonald administered CPR. After receiving CPR, the boy began to respond, much to the joy of the Norman family, and the Millersville team waited with them until an ambulance had arrived. The players slipped a Millersville baseball bracelet on the boy’s wrist before the ambulance whisked him away, and that bracelet was what helped the Normans track down their son’s saviors after he was stabilized. Once Braydin’s condition improved, his parents him to watch the Marauders play. He was given a baseball signed by the whole team along with a photo of those present Wednesday morning.

Thanks to the Millersville baseball team, Braydin should grow up and enjoy healthy life, and while he may not quite remember what happened that night, he’ll always have that baseball as a reminder of that miraculous evening.

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Hi I'm Tyler Scionti, I'm a member of the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross where I study English and Economics. At school I cover a variety of sports while also writing a beat column on the Boston Red Sox.