‘You just saved that girl’s life’: EMT brings hockey player who stopped breathing on the ice to life – WCCO

BLAINE, Minnesota (WCCO) – A student is credited with saving the life of a high school hockey player after she collapsed on the ice.

It happened Sunday afternoon at Blaine’s Super Rink, during a women’s hockey game.

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“Someone said she fell and then tried to get up and then she 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 take the pulse so she started CPR.

“I thought OK, she will come back,” Manuel said. “She will come back. But she does not come. She does not come.

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 watching Zoe the EMT. I just looked at her and said, you just saved that girl’s life.

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In a statement on Monday, Sternberg said: “I am happy 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 in the right place at the right time.

“I have to congratulate Zoe. Quick thinking. Take action. Do his training. Most importantly, she kept everyone calm, ”said Courtney Stevens, assistant arena manager at 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.

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Catherine J. Martinez