PALO ALTO — When Jose Agredano Jr. walked onto the soccer field in Watsonville to play his final junior varsity game of the season last week, the last thing he expected was a heart attack.
But after an errant ball struck the 16-year-old on the left side of the chest, he suffered an impact-induced cardiac arrest that could have cost him his life if not for his mother’s quick thinking and focus during the incident.
Dr. Gina Agredano performed three minutes of CPR after her son stopped breathing — a technique that helped save his life before an on-site automated AED, an external defibrillator, shocked Jose’s heart and revived the boy.
“He just stopped breathing, and that was when it was game on,” said Gina. “I said to myself we were not going to die today.”
On Feb. 16, Gina and her husband, Jose Sr., watched San Benito High School’s junior varsity team finish out its undefeated season at Watsonville High. During a lull in the game, Gina heard her husband say, “Something is wrong with Jose.” The couple ran from the top of the bleachers to the far side of the field where Jose had…