SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah State basketball player who collapsed at practice and had to be revived after he stopped breathing is waking up and responding the way “doctors want him to,” his brother said Wednesday, although the player remains in critical condition.
“As of right now, things are looking good,” John Berger, the older brother of Utah State forward Danny Berger, said in a statement he read to reporters at Intermountain Medical Center in a Salt Lake City suburb.
A team of doctors _ including cardiologists, pulmonologists and trauma specialists _ is running tests on Berger in the hospital’s intensive care unit. After being taken to a hospital in Logan, Berger was flown by helicopter Tuesday night to the regional trauma center.
Gomez and the Berger family credited Utah State’s training staff with saving Berger’s life. They performed CPR on Berger and used a defibrillator on him. Berger was in cardiac arrest on the court, Gomez said.
“He saved my brother’s life and I thank God for him,” John Berger said, tearing up as he read the statement.
John Berger, 26, was with his sister, Lauren Berger, 23. They did not take any questions.
Danny Berger was born in Fort Collins, Colo., and went to high school in Medford, Ore. He played basketball at Chemeketa Community College in Oregon before coming to play for Utah State. The junior is a starter at forward and averages 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds a game.
A game scheduled for Wednesday night between Utah State and Brigham Young in Provo was postponed because of Berger’s condition, school officials said.
The family has also received well wishes and prayers from around the country, John Berger said. “I know that you have made a difference in keeping my brother alive,” he said.
Students at the campus in rural Logan were stunned by the turn of events as they prepared for the big rivalry game with BYU, which will be rescheduled.
“Everybody is in shock, and in awe of how it can happen to such a good guy,” said Karson Kalian of Utah State’s HURD student section. “He is one of the hardest-working people on the court. He’s got a lot of determination and shows a lot of heart.”