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Police credit CPR, AED with saving student's life

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Mervick Giles, No. 33 (Courtesy: Family) Mervick Giles, No. 33 (Courtesy: Family)
ST. LOUIS, MI (WNEM) -

A 16-year-old high school student collapsed at basketball practice on Dec. 9.

It was later determined he suffered sudden cardiac arrest. The St. Louis student, Maverick Giles, has no medical history indicating heart issues, police said.

The basketball coach, Dan Nealy, began doing CPR once Maverick collapsed. A parent of one of the basketball players then took over CPR efforts.

"I can honestly remember the thought going through my head, he's not dying here," Nealy said. "Every time I gave him mouth to mouth he did take breaths. They were short and he kind of started moaning again and then he would just turn blue and lose his heartbeat and pulse again."

Police responded to the scene a few minutes after receiving the call. The officers used an AED to revive Giles. After the first shock, he regained a pulse and began breathing on his own, police said.

Maverick was transported to MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot and later transferred to the Helen Devos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. He has since been released.

"I just fell over and after that I don't remember what happened," Maverick said.

He nearly died while taking part in varsity basketball practice. After completing a drill he went into sudden cardiac arrest.

While he laid motionless fighting for his life, his mother received a frantic phone call to get to the school.

"When I pulled into the middle school parking lot there was just lights everywhere and kids everywhere and doors open. And I remember seeing the basketball team at the end of the hallway in a huddle praying," Carla Giles said.

At that point she didn't know where her son was, but she soon found out.

"I just kept praying, basically for God not to take him from me," she said.

Maverick now has a defibrillator in his heart. He has his mind set on returning to the court someday, but for now he is going to enjoy time with his family.

His family insists he is a Christmas miracle, thanks to the quick actions of those people who saved his life.

"Without them I probably wouldn't be here. And without the instant CPR I'd have brain damage and I wouldn't have a fast recovery like I am right now," Maverick said.

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