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Baseball hits boy, stops his heart, during game in California

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ROHNERT PARK, Calif. >> Officials say an 8-year-old boy’s heart stopped after he was hit in the chest with a baseball during a game in Northern California, but he’s expected to survive.

Aaron Johnson, a director for Cal Ripken Baseball in Rohnert Park, tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat the boy was hit while at bat Saturday. The boy took about five steps toward first base and collapsed.

Two parents performed CPR until paramedics came and used a defibrillator to restart his heart. He was breathing, had a pulse and was talking as he left in an ambulance.

The boy was recovering at Oakland Children’s Hospital. Johnson declined to release his name.

Last week a Southern California boy died after a softball hit him in the chest at school on his 16th birthday.

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