KWU teammates forever bonded

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SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It's a little cold to be playing baseball this time of year. But when the sun is out and the country music is blaring, things on the diamond just feel right.

But in December of 2016, the mood was a little different.

"I'm just happy I was there, happy I was able to be right there and get on him so quick," outfielder Rex Campbell said.

Campbell and teammate Aaron Hurd were both in the same 8 a.m. class.

"I remember Rex texting me the morning of and asking if we had class and I said yeah," Hurd said.

"He was kind of just tapping his leg and doing his thing, we were taking notes and watching a video," Campbell added.

Moments later, Hurd collapsed to the ground.

"At first I thought he was just having a seizure," Campbell said.

Less than 24 hours before, Campbell received his CPR certification. Call it fate, call it whatever you want, he rushed to help.

"I thought everything was fine and laid him on his side in recovery position and checked for a pulse and his breath and they were both gone, so I started doing chest compressions and that's when everything started happening." he added.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest, not a moment to waste. Campbell performing a skill he learned at 6 o'clock the night before on his teammate.

"Rex he just took over the situation, took control and kind of kept everybody else calm from what I hear," Coyote head coach Bill Neale said.

"It was three or four days in, I started waking up I guess after the incident, you know I don't remember that, I was in the hospital for 13 days, I remember the last day and a half," Hurd added.

From there it was a long road to recovery. Having to figure out little things like how to eat and how to walk again.

"I was upset that I wouldn't be on the field for three more months, you know, almost lost my life and I'm worried about baseball," Hurd said.

"He's a stubborn, hard-headed, just strong willed individual and I had that feeling deep down all along that he would definitely come out of this," Neale added.

And come out of this, he did. Hurd returned to the field this spring and on a Saturday in January he hit his first home run since returning to the field.

"I kind of had a feeling going into the season that was going to be the moment that kind of got us, but to see the emotion pouring out of him when he did get to me at third was just, it was tears of joy," Neale said.

This a moment that may have never happened without a text message and without the help of a teammate.

"Something so simple, so small, maybe if he wasn't in class it'd be different," Hurd said. "Man, I don't know, I couldn't tell you, it's God looking out, I'm thankful for Rex. Makes for a heck of a story," he concluded.

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