KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A young Royals fan is recovering after collapsing in the stands at Thursday night’s game at Kauffman Stadium.
The girl’s father is asking for privacy and respect while his daughter remains in the hospital, so we're choosing not to identify her.
It was a K-Crew member at Kauffman Stadium, Sam Sapenaro, who jumped into action when the 14-year-old collapsed and administered CPR.
“It was a heroic effort on her part, going from entertaining fans one second, to providing care to somebody,” said Royals spokesman Toby Cook.
The teen collapsed just after the first inning of the Royals-Angels game ended.
“We had a young woman who had just been on the dance cam, and she was dancing,” Cook said. He said the camera crews had just gone off her and her friends when she dropped to the ground.
Sapenaro, who also happens to be a nurse, was the first one to respond.
“To say that it was fortunate this woman was from the K-Crew was a registered nurse is an understatement,” Cook said.
The girl's father expressed his thanks to the Royals medical staff and the K-Crew member.
“He said that if it had been somewhere else, it could have been a situation where there was no one there to help,” Cook said.
Dr. Dennis Allin, with the University of Kansas Hospital, agreed.
“Anyone (who) has that happen to them in a public place (where someone can respond) is lucky, because people at home are not,” he said.
Allin said anyone can learn CPR. It takes only 30 minutes and could save a life. For more information, go to http://rdcrss.org/10YOhzE
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