Angels broadcaster Mark Langston returns to ballpark as an ‘absolute miracle’

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “That is the last thing I remember,” he said. “Then I blacked out immediately right after that.”Langston was laid on the ground by Jim Saenz, one of the Angels traveling security officials. Radio engineer Jorge Sevilla called for help, and two Houston police offers just happened to be eating in the dining room just across the hall.Officers Daryn Edwards and Paul Follis, who Langston said will be lifelong friends, administered CPR until paramedics arrived. Langston said the CPR kept his blood flowing just enough to get oxygen to his brain. It still took a few minutes on the defibrillator to get his heart pumping on its own again.Later, doctors told Langston said he would not have made it if he’d been just about anywhere else — his hotel room, the bus, the parking lot, the plane — and help didn’t reach him quickly enough.“How this whole thing played out in a positive end for me, they can’t explain,” Langston said. “Every doctor I talk to says ‘You are an absolute miracle, because this doesn’t happen.’“Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros As he stood in the press box at Angel Stadium nine days later, smiling and looking no worse for the experience, he teared up when pondering his new perspective.“I’m not gonna lie, life is different,” Langston said, his eyes on his 6-year-old grandson. “It’s good, but it’s different. It’s definitely different. I have to look at it that way. There’s a reason I was given extra time. I don’t know what it is, but there’s a reason for it. I haven’t even been emotional. That’s the weird thing.”Mark Langston returned to Angel Stadium on Sunday, nine days after he was clinically dead for 3-1/2 minutes when his heart stopped in the press box. (Photo by Jeff Fletcher/SCNG)Langston remained in the hospital for more than a week, including undergoing a procedure to have a defibrillator attached to his heart to prevent a recurrence. He said he can’t lift his left arm for now, because the device takes time to firmly attach to his heart, but otherwise he said he felt totally normal.Langston, a former big league pitcher who has been conscientious about nutrition and exercise, said he was told there were no warning signs about what would happen to him.He said he felt totally normal as he was reading the lineups moments before the Angels played the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Sept. 20. He said he remembered seeing Angels leadoff man David Fletcher knock the weighted donut off his bat in the on-deck circle to start the game. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — Mark Langston was at Angel Stadium on Sunday, smiling and happily greeting everyone, and toting a stack of papers that illustrated why he believes it’s a miracle that he was there at all.The Angels radio broadcaster had the printout from the heart monitor attached to him by paramedics when he blacked out in the broadcast boost just before the first pitch of a game.It showed 3-1/2 minutes in which Langston was, clinically, dead.Langston, 59, suffered from a ventricular fibrillation, in which the heart stops beating sufficiently for survival. Paramedics used a defibrillator to shock him back to life. Langston was taken to a hospital, slept for a while, and hours later said he felt normal.last_img

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