Marysville basketball player rebounds from near-death experience

Feb 20, 2015 8:13 PM by Ross Field

A Marysville High School boys basketball player has come back from a near-death experience during a basketball game.

Erik Scheive seems to shine the brightest when he's on the court. But that shine almost permanently disappeared when Scheive suffered cardiac arrest at an AAU basketball tournament in Reno last May.

"I got subbed out," Scheive told Action News Now on Friday. "When I sat down, I passed out."

Luckily, two doctors came forward from the stands. They began to administer CPR. Ten minutes later, paramedics arrived. The doctors were able to get Scheive's heart going with an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) before rushing him to the hospital.

"The last thing I knew I was in a basketball game. The next thing I know I'm in the hospital," Scheive said. "I'm so thankful, to get lucky enough to have two doctors in the stands and the quick thinking of them, I'm so grateful."

After a series of tests, it was undetermined what caused Scheive to stop breathing.

"Doctors said there's no major reason why it happened. Sometimes cardiac arrest is just a freak thing," said Scheive.

He says he spent two months away from the game, before easing his way back onto the court.

He now plays with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, a small device inserted into his chest.

"If anything happens to my heart, if it stops or goes too slow or too fast, (the defibrillator) will be able to control my heart," says Scheive.

Scheive said he doesn't remember much of that day, but it serves as a reminder of one thing.

"Sometimes you don't get a second chance so you have to make the most out of what you get," Scheive said.

That's exactly what he's done this season. Scheive averages 16.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game while leading Marysville to a 24-3 record. With playoffs on the horizon, the Indians hope to make a deep run.

"I don't think our season would be the same without him, it's huge for us to have him back, I mean it's great," said Daniel Pelechowicz, Erik's friend and teammate.

"It's an amazing feeling especially to come back and have a great season like this," concluded Scheive.

A young man inspiring fans and teammates with a lot of heart.

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