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Player, 14, saved by coach's knowledge, AED

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Knoxville high school coach's CPR training and the use of an automated external defibrillator are being credited with saving a 14-year-old's life.

Central High School freshman Hunter Helton had sudden cardiac arrest during a conditioning practice Monday.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, coach Jon Higgins, - a former University of Tennessee player - performed the rescue protocol on Hunter and used the AED to stabilize his heartbeat. The youth is a cousin to Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, a former UT standout.

Hunter's father said the boy had no history of heart problems.

Hunter woke up at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, remembering only a burning in his chest before he passed out.

He will undergo further tests at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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