USU Trainer credited for saving basketball player's life

- MURRAY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Danny Berger touched many people’s hearts long before his temporarily stopped beating.

Support is pouring in for the 22-year-old who collapsed into a teammate’s arms at practice on Tuesday in Logan. The player went into cardiac arrest.

“The student body has treated Danny like a brother in this case,” Utah State University Athletic Director Scott Barnes said. “He’s feeling the love.”

Brother John Berger said his family can’t thank everyone enough for helping Danny.

“Most of all we thank Mike Williams the Utah State University trainer who was at practice when Danny collapsed,” Berger said. “He saved my brother’s life and I thank God for him.”

Mike Williams is a 14 year veteran trainer at USU. He rushed to Danny’s side and started performing CPR on him within seconds of the collapse. He then used a defibrillator to get Danny’s heart pumping again.

USU Team Physician Trek Lyons said Williams was committed to helping Danny even after medics took over.

“He gets Danny’s medical record. He meets us there at the emergency department,” Lyons said. “He then stays with Danny and has been with him ever since.”

Lyons said Danny did not have any pre-existing medical conditions. He said any numbers of reasons can cause a young adult to go into cardiac arrest.

Doctors will run heart and possibly genetic tests on Danny to figure out why the strong, healthy player went into cardiac arrest.

Until those results, Williams is being hailed a hero on and off the court.

As of Wednesday night, Danny remained in critical condition at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. He is responding and talking to doctors and family.

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