Bystanders rush in to help Carmel boy struck by baseball at Grand Park

Bystanders rush in to help Carmel boy struck by baseball at Grand Park
Youth baseball injury

It took quick action to save the life of a young baseball player this weekend in central Indiana.

It happened Saturday morning at a youth baseball tournament at Grand Park in Westfield where 120 teams were competing.

Westfield spokesperson Erin Murphy said the 13-year-old Carmel boy was on the field when he was hit by a ball in play and went down. A mother from the opposing team from St. Louis rushed to his aid, administering CPR while another parents grabbed an AED (defibrillator) from the nearby concession stand, shocking the boy at least once before medics arrived.

Murphy said that "Parental instinct... jumping in to save that child in the first few minutes before the first responder was able to get here was amazing. And again, the first responders were here within three minutes so we think they all did an amazing job in saving that child's life."

Because of privacy issues, Murphy could not release the child's name. She said he was initially taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Carmel. His current condition is unknown. 

Murphy said since opening two years ago, Grand Park has hosted more than 18,000 baseball games. She said during that time there have been six ambulance runs, all minor, until Saturday's incident.

She said there are AEDs inside all concession stands and buildings at the park and that employees just received a refresher course in first aid and CPR two months ago. 

"Public safety is our number one priority, especially being a municipality," she said.  "Our thoughts are with the family at this time."