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is in critical condition today after an off duty doctor and nurse rushed to his aid until paramedics arrived.

´╗┐Bystanders helped treat teen who collapsed at basketball tournament

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She rushed over to the teen, who was convulsing near the free throw line, and turned him on his side so he would not choke on the saliva like fluids coming out of his mouth.

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Dantzler Burrell said officials asked her to call Cullum parents, who were on the way to the hospital, to brief them on the situation.

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person recovering, Buckley said. having them on the scene to start CPR and start treatment as well as assisting us is definitely something that is very important and Nike Dunk Low Pro Sb (Paris) Paris helped with the successful outcome. told paramedics he would join them in the ambulance, and Buckley said that Binns led the paramedics in their treatment. The team was able to get Cullum pulse back on the way to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he remains in the intensive care unit.

The assistance the two medical professionals provided before paramedics arrived are reason he alive today, said Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel.

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Binns waited until Cullum parents arrived at the hospital and said he held hands and prayed with them and a minister.

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Meanwhile, the coach called Cullum parents, who were not at the tournament, and his mother told him that her son did not have a history of seizures.

oxygen therapist at Advocate Trinity Hospital, had been sitting on the sidelines at the tournament at Riverside Brookfield High School when she saw the coach run to Cullum side and yell, someone dial 9 1 1? He having a seizure.

just told me, you, she felt like I was an angel because we saved his life, and I told her problem . I was just at the right place at the right time, she said.

just tended to him like any trained medical professional would because that something I would want someone to do for my son, she said. knew the young man was in trouble. minutes another parent, Maurice Binns, who is an emergency room doctor at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, was alerted of the emergency from the concession area outside and ran into the gym. When neither of them could get a pulse reading, Dantzler Burrell, began giving the teen CPR.

were very appreciative that we were there, but most importantly they were just completely shocked, as you can imagine, Binns said. did not expect anything like this to happen because he a healthy, very vigorous boy. unexpectedness is not uncommon in situations of sudden cardiac death, and many times, physical activity can unmask the presence of a structural abnormality or primary electrical problem in the heart, said Dr. Jeffrey Winterfield, cardiac electrophysiologist at Loyola University Medical Center. Winterfield has studied the genetics of inherited cardiac syndromes, and though he did not treat Cullum, he had visited him at the hospital.

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As Melody Dantzler Burrell watched Jermaine Cullum, a student at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School, make a lay up then fall to the floor, she at first thought he had just tripped over his shoelaces, as athletes sometimes do. But when she noticed that he couldn get up, the registered nurse knew something was wrong.

Cullum mother, Tarcia Patton, could not be reached for comment.

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