(JOHNSTON)- The family of a Johnston baseball player who collapsed on the field Monday night says they expect a full recovery for their son.
In a release updating the public about Matt Shaver's medical condition, his Mom, Amy Shaver says " We can safely say he is in a critically stable condition right now. His heart is good and no long-term damage is expected. The Iowa Methodist critical care team is working to warm his body temperature to 98.6 degrees after intentionally cooling it down over the past 24 hours."
When Shaver collapsed during the game against Marshalltown, bystanders performed CPR and used an AED before he could be taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
That AED also gave doctors some insight into what caused the high-school senior to lose consciousness. Amy Shaver says her son was diagnosed with ventricular fibrillation, a condition that makes the heart shake uncontrollably. She says there was no way to know her son had this condition, and he will soon receive an internal defibrillator to fix the problem.
Amy Shaver went on to say “As scary as this all is, we were in the right place at the right time, with the right people to save Matt’s life. It is critical for people to know CPR and be able to perform it when the situation arises. Further, knowing where an AED machine is located and how to use it can mean the difference in terms of life and death. We are incredibly thankful for the quick-thinking and medical skills of everyone involved Monday night.”
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