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Orem High football coach helped save player's life
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Ben Smith was at football practice when he suddenly collapsed on the field. He may have died if it wasn't for his coach, according to KUTV 2News.

The Orem High School sophomore was in a medically-induced coma Thursday night after he collapsed because of a heart condition, KUTV reports. Ben is expected to recover, thanks to Head Coach Tyler Anderson.

Ben showed no signs of a serious health problem until he collapsed in the middle of practicing sprints, according to KUTV. That's when Anderson ran to help his player, Rhonda Bromley, spokeswoman for Alpine School District, told the news station.

Anderson immediately gave Ben cardiopulmonary resuscitation until, within a few minutes, emergency crews arrived and took over.

At Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, doctors discovered Ben has a heart condition that led to his collapse, Bromley told KUTV. The sophomore has started breathing on his own again and doctors told his parents that Anderson's CPR kept their son alive, KUTV reported.

mmcfall@sltrib.comTwitter: @mikeypanda

Sports • Coach gives the sophomore CPR after he collapses from heart condition.
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