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Mom speaks about Northridge High football player who nearly died at school Wednesday

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Posted at 9:48 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 23:55:29-04

LAYTON, Utah — A mother, seconds away from losing her son, is thanking the woman who saved his life.

"I had no idea until I got to the hospital and it was a horrible experience," said Suzanne Moss.

Moss walked into Primary Children's Hospital Wednesday and got the news no parent wants to hear about their child.

"This was life and death," said Moss.

Her son, 17-year-old Connor Moss, just finished lifting weights with his Northridge High School football teammates when everything went dark.

"He remembers they were working out and he was walking out into the hallway and his next memory is being in the ambulance," said Moss.

When trainer Leigh Otis got to Connor, he wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse. She immediately performed CPR.

One shock of the automated external defibrillator and Connor came back to life.

"I've been told a number of times that she saved his life, even minutes saved him from damage," Moss said. "I can't even say the overwhelming feeling of gratitude."

Connor remains in the Intensive Care Unit, but he is expected to make a full recovery. Moss knew her son was going to be OK as soon as he cracked his first joke.

"The sense of humor just never stops with that boy. He's an incredible kid. He's kind of quiet in class but, to his friends, he's just the little comedian," Moss said.

Moss still doesn't know when her son will be able to return home. More tests still need to be done.

"He's a perfectly healthy 17-year-old. This just came out of nowhere and the doctors can't explain it right now," Moss said.

Moss has already called Northridge High School and told them she wants to meet Otis and thank her in person. They are trying to arrange that meeting.