ORWALL board member, players, parents and paramedics help save a coach’s life

The quick actions of some ORWALL Big League all-star players, parents and an ORWALL board member using an AED, along with a fast response time on the part of the paramedics, are all responsible for saving ORWALL Coach Rene Garza’s life after he suffered a heart attack in his team’s dugout on Sunday afternoon.

ORWALL Coach Rene Garza is in recovery after suffering from a heart attack on Sunday.
ORWALL Coach Rene Garza is in recovery after suffering from a heart attack on Sunday.

ORWALL player Brock Woody indicated that coach Garza was suffering from heartburn and was asking for Tums in the dugout seconds before he fell face first onto the dugout floor. Big League player, Peydon Vasquez leaned Coach Garza onto his side and noticed he was choking on his tongue. Three spectators then rushed into the dugout and immediately began doing CPR. ORWALL Board member, Daniel Cantu, then raced into the dugout with an AED and administered it. The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.