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Kenosha baseball coach saves teen's life during practice

Posted at 6:31 PM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 08:59:38-04

A Kenosha family is grateful their 18-year-old son survived a cardiac arrest while helping coach his brother’s Wisconsin Wave baseball practice. 

It happened on a nice cool night on June 25 at Indian Trail Academy’s baseball field. David Dibble was throwing pitches in the bullpen when he collapsed. 

“Everything went to black. I don’t remember the whole week really,” said David. 

The head coach, Zach Sievers, fortunately acted fast. 

“I really didn’t have time to think. It just all happened at once.” Sievers said. “I rolled him over and I did CPR until the paramedics showed up." 

David’s younger brother, Alex, called 911. 

Sievers did CPR for several minutes. The paramedics then took over and had to shock David’s heart three more times on his way to the hospital.

They said Sievers, though, was the one who saved the teen’s life. 

Dibble is grateful Sievers didn’t hesitate one second during those scary moments. 

“Thank you for saving my life, otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” Dibble said to Sievers. 

Sievers said he doesn’t consider himself a hero. 

“I feel like I did what anybody in that position should have done or would have done,” said Sievers. 

After spending a week in the hospital, Dibble now has a defibrillator inside his chest. 

The Dibble family said doctors have done numerous tests to find out why their son went into cardiac arrest, but they still don’t have answers. 

“We got very lucky to have him home,” said Fran Dibble, David’s mom. “Don’t leave the house without saying goodbye and telling your kids you love them.”