CHANDLER, Ariz. (KTVU)
A former Bay Area baseball player is alive thanks to the quick actions of a 13-year-old boy who he was coaching.
Twenty-six-year-old Isaac Wenrich played catcher for the Vallejo Admirals in 2013-14 and the Sonoma Stompers in 2015.
But he was working as a youth coach in Arizona on March 28th when he suffered a massive heart attack.
According to Arizona media reports, Wenrich was running some teens through a training drill when he suddenly collapsed.
The teens said he was unresponsive and they initially thought he might be playing a joke, but 13-year-old Nathan Boyer quickly realized something was wrong.
The teen grabbed Wenrich’s phone, dialed 9-11, and began performing CPR, which he had learned in the Boy Scouts.
Boyer kept performing CPR until paramedics arrived and rushed Wenrich to the hospital.
There they discovered that he had suffered a massive heart attack from a blood clot that had blocked 100% of the front of his heart.
Wenrich underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
This week Wenrich posted a picture of his flexing his muscles on his Instagram page with the caption “Can’t be held down.”
He also wrote: “Nate Boyer u r my guardian angel and I'm honored be able to call u my friend! Uve given me a second chance at life, as well as the amazing doctors at Chandler regional medical center... I just feel so blessed! And thank u to literally every single person who prayed for me and sent me strength!”
The Admirals and Stompers also posted well wishes for Wenrich on their social media accounts
Just a picture of a couple kids with their hero. Nate Boyer, left, and Isaac Wenrich are reunited. #StompersBaseball #StompersFamily #HeroesComeInAllSizesPosted by Sonoma Stompers on Sunday, April 3, 2016