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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

High school hockey player in stable condition after accident

[This is most likely a case of commotio cordis - the conversion of a normal heart rhythm to a chaotic one in which the pumping of blood is stopped when a sharp blow to the chest in the area of the heart triggers a chaotic heart motion. This is possible during a fairly small portion of the heart's electrical activity. Hundreds of people die from this event in the U.S.A. every year.]

A 15-year-old Milford High hockey player is in critical but stable condition today after getting hit in the chest by a puck and collapsing on the ice Monday night, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette is reporting.

Tyler Symes' heart stopped after he was hit by the puck at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, but a team trainer and a bystander quickly helped administer CPR and revived him before medical support arrived.

To learn more, watch the news clip below.