Lakeville Area Schools is proud of the heroic life-saving actions of Lakeville South athletic trainer, Jenna Arnold. She helped save the life of 17-year-old Brayden Weber from Becker High School when he collapsed at the State Wrestling Semifinals at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, February 29.
Weber had just finished his match and was walking toward coaches to shake their hands when he suddenly collapsed on the mat. Arnold and other medical trainers rushed in and found Weber had no pulse.
“I ran to get the AED and applied it to the athlete while the other Certified Athletic Trainer did compressions and Dr. Mark Berg gave breaths. I also let the tournament staff know there was an emergency and got the ball rolling with EMS,” said Arnold, as she reflected on the incident.
Weber went without a pulse for five minutes, but Arnold and her team were able to get his heart pumping again. Weber regained consciousness and gave a thumbs up to everyone as he was carried off the mat to let them know he was OK.
“We prepare for these things, but hope they never happen,” said Arnold. “The experience at first, was like treating any other injured person. You assess the situation to the best of your ability and determine appropriate action. I have full trust in my coworkers and when the doctor indicated the severity of the situation, I just responded.”
“It all happened so quickly and efficiently. [I want to say] thanks to everyone that was there. The other athletic trainers, the MSHSL leadership, Xcel Energy Center workers, EMS staff, everyone,” said Arnold.
“We are so fortunate she was there to help this athlete,” said Paul Donner, Lakeville South Wrestling Coach and Dean of Students. “15,000 people witnessed the event and were so thankful for Jenna’s fast thinking. This reminds me how good people are and how fortunate we are to work with the people here at Lakeville South High School.”
Weber is reportedly doing fine now. He told Fox 9 News in the Twin Cities that tests on his heart show no abnormalities. Doctors are doing more testing to figure out why he collapsed so it can be prevented in the future.
Arnold said she’s been able to speak with Weber’s mother since the incident. “It was the best phone call ever and just what I needed. I hope to meet Brayden in the future,” said Arnold.