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PONTIAC>> A former Avondale High School baseball player who was severely injured after being struck in the chest with a baseball is suing the school district.

Ian Raber suffered an immediate cardiac arrest after being hit with the ball during an indoor conditioning drill at the school in Auburn Hills on Feb. 14, 2011, according to a lawsuit filed Jan. 7 in Oakland County Circuit Court.

impact of the baseball on . Raber chest caused immediate cardiac arrest from ventricular fibrillation, a medical phenomena called commotio cordis, which occurs predominantly in boys involved in high school athletics.

was a one in a thousand chance that it would hit right then, and it had to have hit with the right force and the right angle, Raber told Oakland Press reporter Jason Schmitt.

went wrong at just the right time. Thompson is accused of being absent from the team practice when Ian Raber heart stopped, according to the lawsuit.

Thompson name is not listed as a baseball coach on the school website, nor is it listed under contact information for Avondale staff members. A woman who answered the phone at the Avondale High School athletic office declined comment when asked whether Thompson still coached there. Court records did not list an attorney for Thompson as of Friday afternoon.

After Raber collapsed, his teammates left to find Thompson.

Ian Raber heart had stopped beating he lay non responsive on the floor, his pulse was absent, oxygenated blood was not circulating . he was not breathing, he was turning blue, and he was displaying all the obvious characteristics of someone that is dying, the lawsuit states.

coach Thompson eventually did arrive on the practice floor and looked at Ian Raber, he understood what he was seeing . and, despite knowing what to do to revive (Raber heart by using (a defibrillator) and CPR, he rendered absolutely no first aid to save the life or revive the heartbeat of his fallen student.

Thompson knew, or should have known, that Ian Raber required immediate first aid treatment . or he would either die or suffer great bodily harm, yet he did not render any first aid measures as this boy lay dying.

knowing and experiencing multiple student deaths from sudden cardiac arrest over just three years, and having undertaken a duty to make (defibrillators) available in its schools . neither the Avondale Superintendent nor the Avondale School Board enforced the 2003 directive to carry out a training program for staff, which includes teachers and coaches, to recognize cardiac arrest in students and to use the (defibrillator) to save those students lives or minimize their injuries, the lawsuit states.

Raber caught up on his classwork by Memorial Day 2011 and returned to Avondale hockey team the following season.

Raber seeks and fair compensation for all his past, present and future economic and non economic losses that he is lawfully entitled to recover, as well as interest, sanctions and fees, the lawsuit states.

Avondale Schools Superintendent George C. Heitsch declined to comment. Heitsch said Friday that the district had not received any documentation regarding the lawsuit.
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