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NH High School Basketball Player’s Dad: ‘They Saved My Son’

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV New Hampshire Bureau Chief
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HOPKINTON, NH (CBS) – John Roberge knows he was close to losing his son.

“Friday night we weren’t sure what to expect because he was non-responsive to any commands,” said Roberge. “To think you’re never going to see your son again, it’s the worst feeling ever.”

His son Chris, a sophomore at Lebanon High School in New Hampshire, had just sat on the bench during the second quarter of a basketball game at Hopkinton, N.H.

“He just got done playing, scored four points, was probably excited, sat down, and he passed out on a friend,” said Roberge.

Coaches and parents didn’t skip a beat. Chris was having a heart attack.

Dan Meserve, the athletic director at Hopkinton High, did CPR while a parent who happens to be a surgeon grabbed the emergency defibrillator in the hallway.

“We actually had to shock him twice,” said Meserve.

It was a team effort that would save the 15-year-old’s life.

“Somebody was doing rescue breaths, somebody was on the phone with 911, somebody was cutting his shirt off,” said Meserve.

Chris is now doing well.

He’ll have a defibrillator placed in his chest on Wednesday. He could be back to school next week.

He should be able to resume a normal teenage life, but no contact sports.

“They saved my son,” said his father. “He died and they brought him back to life.”

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