Teacher dies at Cubs game after choking on hot dog

CHICAGO - A suburban teacher died Sunday after choking on a hot dog before a weekend Cubs game in Chicago.

Maureen Oleskiewicz, 28, was sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley Field with her brother when she began choking just before 1 p.m.

Ballpark staff and onsite EMTs transported her to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she died on Tuesday. She went into cardiac arrest and never recovered, despite efforts to revive her.

Oleskiewicz was a teacher at Independence Junior High School in Palos Heights, Ill. Her father, George Oleskiewicz, told WLS-TV that she was a huge Cubs fan and even instituted team spirit days for students to dress in support of local sports teams.

Though technically brain dead, she was kept alive so she could donate her heart, liver and kidneys. Her heart went to a 14-year-old, her father said.

"She left gifts to other people," he said, "and we're so proud of her for that."

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