A 13-year-old boy from Arizona has been credited with saving his baseball coach’s life after he called 911 and administered CPR when his coach collapsed on the field after a heart attack.
Nathan Boyer, in the eighth-grade, was practicing drills alone with his coach Isaac Wenrich when the latter suddenly fell on the field.
“Nate knew to roll me over, he got my phone and called 911, he started CPR,” Wenrich told ABC News. “I’m beyond thankful. I think the Lord brings people in your life for crazy reasons and he just happened to put Nate in mine.
Wenrich, 26, is a minor-league baseball player with the Florence Freedom of Kentucky, and coaches kids in the off-season.
The incident took place on March 28, and Wenrich has since left the hospital and is with his family, according to the Florence Freedom Baseball Association.
“There’s not many kids out there like him.” Wenrich said of Nate, whom he’s been coaching for two years. “He is just such a hard worker with the most amazing personality. He is such a well-rounded 13-year-old.”
Wenrich was able to leave the hospital in time to make it to the birthday dinner for his girlfriend, who was also incredibly thankful for Nate’s action.
“Nathan had to do CPR for 4 minutes before the paramedics got there. They said if he didn’t do CPR, Isaac would be dead right now,” Katy Huetter, Wenrich’s girlfriend, told ABC News. “I never met him, but now he’s part of our family. We want to honor this kid as much as we can; he is a hero.”