Saint Francis is donating six portable defibrillators to Union and Broken Arrow baseball fields. Eleven-year-old Michael Slatcher was hit in the chest with a baseball bat a few weeks ago and went into cardiac arrest. CPR saved his life until EMSA arrived with a defibrillator. Since his accident, Slatcher started a campaign to raise money to buy a defibrillator for the sports complex. After hearing Slatcherâ€™s story, Saint Francis doctors decided to help.
"About 90% of the time when this happens to athletes, they don't survive. So having a defibrillator, which have been out for the past five to 10 years or so, can really make a really big difference," said Dr. Matthew Kimberling.
Slatcher also received season tickets to the Drillers after his accident.
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