OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Jim Hayes, Manager of the Sullivan Explorers, was carted off the field yesterday as he suffered a cardiac arrest prior to the Explorers versus Surge game.
Jim suffered a cardiac arrest in the dugout yesterday at 6:04pm prior to the start of the game. He was given immediate CPR by assistant coach John Kazarian in which doctors say may have saved his life.
Although he didn’t show it, Jim was very sick prior to coming to the season so it was just a matter of time before it happened. He is under the care of one of the best hospitals in the United States that specializes in cardiac arrest in Maine Medical in Portland.
He is currently sedated and under several procedures. He had 2 stints put in his heart to unblock an artery that was 100% blocked. He is very sick but alive and the Empire League, players, coaches and family members have been praying throughout all of this and ask that fans would also keep Jim in their prayers.
A procedure to check for brain activity was successful as Jim had full brain activity. The Doctors have stated that a cooling of the body procedure is the next step before waking him up to continue to heal Jim.
“I’m so very thankful for what John Kazarian did, for the players who care and love Jim, for the support of families friends and players league wide. Jim was sick and didn’t show it. If it were to happen anywhere else he wouldn’t be here with us today. But God had it planned to get Jim healthier and there is no doubt in my mind that prayers kept Jim here with us. We will update everyone on his conditions as soon as we get updated, I was able to see him late last night and prayed over him with Surge Manager Pascual Santiago and we are confident that Gods plan will bring Jim back to us fully recovered.” – VP of Baseball Operations Jerry Gonzalez
Article by Empire Media