Tommy “TJ” Ramos has a potentially lethal heart condition. But no one know until earlier this month when the 9-year-old collapsed at a baseball practice for Torresdale Boys Club.
Fortunately for Ramos, his coach, K-9 Officer John Callahan; and a teammate’s dad, Gang Unit Officer John Pasquarello, were nearby and came to his rescue.
The two Philly cops and Ramos’ mother recalled for the Daily News what happened next. Following CPR and a transfer to CHOP, Ramos was diagnosed with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and implanted with a device that can automatically restart his heart should it ever stop again.
Ramos is still recovering in the hospital and a fund has been set up to help the family with medical bills, lost wages, hospital parking, gas to get to and from the hospital and future medical expenses.