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Press Release 7-26-2011

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Idaho teen athlete saved by coach, defibrillator by Associated PressNWCN.comPosted on September 2, 2011 at 9:37 AMUpdated today at 9:39 AM AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho —

Quick-thinking coaches and a school’s new defibrillators helped save the life of an American Falls High School athlete after the boy collapsed at practice. Superintendent Ron Bolinger says 17-year-old Ross Palmer, a star on the local football team, collapsed near the end of practice Tuesday night. The coaching staff couldn’t find a pulse, and started CPR. Bolinger says another coach ran inside to get a defibrillator that had been newly acquired by the school. The second shock to the young athlete’s heart revived him. Bolinger says medical responders confirmed that CPR alone wouldn’t have saved the teen. Palmer was taken to a Salt Lake City hospital for treatment. Bolinger said no one knew the boy had a heart condition until he collapsed.