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Quick thinking mom saves teen's life

MEAD, Wash. - Doctors are crediting a single mom from Mead with saving the life of one her son's young baseball teammates Thursday.

14-year-old Cole Patterson collapsed during baseball practice Thursday but was kept alive by a Good Samaritan who wouldn't give up.

The young ballplayers were finishing up their afternoon practice by jogging in the outfield when suddenly Cole Patterson collapsed. A lot of people panicked, but fortunately one parent, Deanna Martin, didn't.

"We were running poles and back and forth is one and we had five of them and then Cole went up to the coach, wasn't feeling well and like collapsed," Deanna's son Gabe Martin said.

Mom saves teen with CPR

Deanna Martin and the parents of the other players were having a team meeting when they heard the commotion and then someone yelled for a doctor. She immediately began moving to the outfield where Patterson was.

"When I came upon him he was really working hard to try and stay with us but shortly after I got there, maybe 10 seconds, he stopped breathing," Martin said.

Fortunately Martin, the daughter of a nurse and a baseball coach herself, knew what to do.

"We were doing chest compressions just as fast as we could, no breaths or anything, and probably 30 seconds to a minute, I don't remember the time frames very well, it's weird, but he came back," she said.

Cole's heart would stop beating three more times before Martin and other parents got the teen breathing on his own.

Martin is grateful she had received several CPR training sessions, including the latest version that teaches doing chest compression's to the beat of 'Staying Alive.'

"I was in the right place at the right time and I was fortunate enough to be there to help him," she said.

"They told the kids to get back and let the parents do what they could, everybody was coming up to me and asking 'Is that your mom?' I was like yeah, I don't know, I was pretty proud," Gabe said.

Martin is hoping this incident will prompt everyone to get to know CPR.