A student is credited with saving the life of a high school hockey player in Minnesota after she collapsed on the ice.
It happened Sunday afternoon at Blaine’s Super Rink, during a women’s hockey game.
“Someone said she fell and then tried to get up and collapsed,” said coach Bill Manuel.
It was the Premier Prep League championship game. And in the midst of it all, Manuel saw a player awkwardly fall onto the ice, not because of a collision but because she had stopped breathing.
Zoe Sternberg, a student at St. Catherine’s University, was the EMT on site and rushed over to the girl. She couldn’t feel her pulse so she started CPR.
“I thought, OK, she’s going to come back,” Manuel said. “She’s going to come back. But she’s not coming. She’s not coming.”
But Sternberg didn’t give up. After what seemed like an eternity, even though it lasted about 3 minutes, the girl finally opened her eyes.
“All of a sudden she took a deep breath and her eyes… I’ll never forget that look of ‘Oh my God, what happened?’” Manuel said. “I remember looking at Zoe the EMT. I just looked at her and said, ‘You just saved that girl’s life.'”
In a statement on Monday, Sternberg said: “I am glad the athlete is doing well and that I have had the training to be able to help him. It was only my second day on the job and I was on the right one. place. at the right time. “
“I have to congratulate Zoe. Thinking fast. Take action. Practicing. Most importantly, she kept everyone calm,” said Courtney Stevens, deputy director of the arena at the Super Rink.
Stevens said the arena was as quiet as she had ever heard it before while Sternberg performed CPR.
The arena also has three AEDs. And while someone brought one out on the ice, it wasn’t necessary.
“It’s huge for peace of mind. Things can happen to players. Things can happen to parents, to spectators. Even to people here,” Stevens said.
The player who collapses is a high school student. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and kept overnight. Doctors were doing tests on her heart, but she is expected to be fine.