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Witness the devastation that Sudden Cardiac Arrest is having on our youth — stories of seemingly healthy young lives lost suddenly and unexpectedly to SCA, and of those who suffered severely debilitating consequences of SCA — all because an underlying heart condition went undetected or the appropriate live-saving actions were not taken.

Emily Ann Lougheed

Emily Ann Lougheed

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Emily was a young vibrant 7 year old. She always had a smile on her face and a giggle in her voice! On August 2, 2020 while playing on the beach, Emily collapsed. Emily was diagnosed with a anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the right coronary sinus with course between pulmonary trunk and ascending aorta. There were no warning signs.

Matt Love

Matt Love

Matt Love - Stories of the Heart

Grace Lovegrove

Grace Lovegrove

Grace Lovegrove - Stories of the Heart

Marque Lowman

Marque Lowman

Marque Lowman - Stories of the Heart

Marque, age 21, was a senior in college and a member of the military. He was home from college when his mother went to wake him up on May 14, 2014, but Marque would not respond. His mother performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but it was too late. The cause of death was acute myocardial ischemia. Marque had never had any medical issues.

Kevin Lucas

Kevin Lucas

Kevin Lucas - Stories of the Heart

Kevin, age 15, collapsed on his way to class. He had been diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and received a heart transplant 18 months prior to his fatal cardiac arrest. His death was linked to organ rejection.

Rafe Maccarone

Rafe Maccarone

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Rafe, age 15, collapsed and died in the arms of his teammates during soccer practice at school. The cause of death was undetected hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

John Mack

John Mack

John Mack - Stories of the Heart

John, age 17, collapsed in cardiac arrest after a stick check to his chest during a club lacrosse game on November 30, 2006.  It took 19 minutes to get an AED to the field to restart John’s heart. John suffered irreparable brain damage and was removed from life support three days later and became an organ donor. Following John’s death, a benefit was held by family and friends.  The money raised was used to purchase 21 AEDs; 21 was the number John wore on his lacrosse jersey.

 

Donella Mackmiller

Donella Mackmiller

Donella Mackmiller - Stories of the Heart

Zachary Mago

Zachary Mago

Mago Zachary - Stories of the Heart

Zac passed away on July 5, 2018 while taking a nap. He was one week shy of his 18th birthday. He was a standout on his basketball team and an honor student. Zac was fiercely competitive and held himself to the highest standards. He loved every aspect of basketball, and he dedicated his free time to perfecting his game. He was extremely healthy and fit. CPR and an AED were used, but Zac did not respond. He had an EKG and an ECHO in 2014 with normal results. Zac died from cardiopulmonary arrest due to cardiomegaly and idiopathic fibrosis of anterior papillary muscle of the heart.

Kevin Major

Kevin Major

Kevin Major - Stories of the Heart

Kevin, age 19, drowned in July 2011. The autopsy determined that he had Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Kevin was a hockey and rugby player who never complained or exhibited any symptoms of a heart condition.

Christopher Manente

Christopher Manente

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Christopher was full of life with a quick wit, musical talent and academic excellence. He enjoyed sports, hiking and skiing. On May 16, 2019, Chris passed away peacefully in his sleep, two weeks before his high school graduation. His autopsy report showed Arrhythmogenic Left Ventricular Cardiomyopathy. He was just 17 years old. Genetic testing revealed his mom also has cardiomyopathy and shares a suspect gene with Chris. Mom now has an ICD and feels her son saved her life.

Conor Martin

Conor Martin

Conor Martin - Stories of the Heart

Robie Masterson

Robie Masterson

Robie Masterson - Stories of the Heart

Kiki McBride

Kiki McBride

Kiki McBride - Stories of the Heart

Madison McCarthy

Madison McCarthy

Madison McCarthy - Stories of the Heart

Madison, age 5, asked to be excused from lunch to use the restroom at school on September 27, 2001. She was found unresponsive in the restroom. She suffered a cardiac arrest from Long QT Syndrome. No one recognized the severity of her condition. The McCarthy family has since been genetically tested for Long QT Syndrome.

Joshua McCormick

Joshua McCormick

Joshua McCormick - Stories of the Heart

Ricky McGregor

Ricky McGregor

Ricky McGregor - Stories of the Heart

Ramiro "Toti" Mendez

Ramiro "Toti" Mendez

Ramiro Toti Mendez - Stories of the Heart

Toti, age 20, was an accomplished baseball player, which earned him a full scholarship at Florida International University. He suffered sudden cardiac arrest while catching for another pitcher in his backyard. The cause of death was undetected cardiomyopathy.

Travis Mendoza

Travis Mendoza

Travis Mendoza - Stories of the Heart

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller - Stories of the Heart

Aidan D. Miller

Aidan D. Miller

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A rising high school junior, Aidan, 16, was on the football team and was active in student council, the National Honor Society and several clubs. He was enjoying a night off from milking cows at his family’s farm, fishing with his best friends when he collapsed on July 22, 2019. His friends started CPR, but Aidan succumbed to sudden cardiac arrest. He had just completed summer football camp in the extreme heat with no issues, and had no prior symptoms. The cause of death was a cardiac arrhythmia of unknown etiology.

 

Michael Monteleone

Michael Monteleone

Michael Monteleone - Stories of the Heart

Devin Moore

Devin Moore

Devin Moore - Stories of the Heart

In December 2017, Devin, 22, was playing basketball with friends when he leaped for a rebound and then collapsed.  CPR was started 4 minutes after his collapse and an AED was not used until 13 minutes later.  The cause of death was aortic stenosis with left ventricular hypertrophy myocardial fibrosis. Devin, a bright young man with an even brighter future, was a senior Broadcast Journalism major looking forward to graduation.

Keith Morgan

Keith Morgan

Keith Morgan - Stories of the Heart

Keith, age 15, collapsed in his driveway after leaving a light game of football. It was his second year of playing football. He also played soccer for several years, basketball and ran track. He passed away 6 days before he was scheduled to see a cardiologist. Keith had no known breathing or heart issues.

Jean-Sebastien Morin

Jean-Sebastien Morin

Jean Sebastien Morin - Stories of the Heart

Chase Morris

Chase Morris

Chase Morris - Stories of the Heart

Chase, age 16, was at home playing ping pong with family and friends, when he complained of feeling dizzy and decide to go lay down. Approximately ten minutes later he was found unresponsive in the living room. He was taken to the hospital by his family and was unable to be revived.

Greg Moyer

Greg Moyer

Greg Moyer - Stories of the Heart

Greg, age 15, played 10 minutes in a basketball game on December 2, 2000, when he walked into the locker room and went into sudden cardiac arrest. No AED was available, and CPR was not started for more than 10 minutes. Paramedics did not arrive for 30 minutes, at which time his heart began to beat after being shocked with an AED. He was unable to sustain his heartbeat on the ride to hospital. Cause of death was Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The ER doctor told his parents that Greg could probably have been saved with an AED. His family’s mission to place AEDs in all schools began the night of this death.

Dominic Murray

Dominic Murray

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Dominic, age 17, died after collapsing on the court at Farmingdale State College during an open gym pick-up game. Only a few weeks before Dominic had had a heart screening and received medical clearance to play sports. The cause of his sudden cardiac arrest was ectopic origin of right coronary artery and myxoid mitral valve.

Paul Myers

Paul Myers

Paul Myers - Stories of the Heart

Paul, age 33, passed away while running a half marathon.  His father had died 17 years earlier at the age of 47 from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.  Paul had been living undiagnosed with the same disease until the time of his death.

 

Tim Nickos

Tim Nickos

Tim Nickos - Stories of the Heart

David Norell

David Norell

David Norell - Stories of the Heart

Maggie O’Malley

Maggie O’Malley

Maggie OMalley - Stories of the Heart

Maggie, age 17, come home from a trip to New York City, said she wasn’t feeling well, went to bed and did not wake up. Paramedics were called and worked on Maggie for three hours, but could not resuscitate her. The cause of death was determined to be chronic myocarditis. Maggie had always been in good health, and played three varsity sports.

Andrew Ortega

Andrew Ortega

Andrew Ortega - Stories of the Heart

Andrew, age 13, was vacationing with his family when he died in his sleep. He was an avid athlete involved in football, basketball and baseball. The underlying cause of Andrew’s SCA is still unknown.

Michael Ortega

Michael Ortega

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Michael, 18, was playing soccer and collapsed on the field 15 minutes into the game. A bystander called 911 and started CPR. He was transported to the hospital and all attempts to restart his heart failed.  Previous to this incident, Michael had been taken to the hospital for chest pain, but they dismissed the issue and said he had anxiety.

Nick Over

Nick Over

Nick Over - Stories of the Heart

On the morning of April 8, 2001, Nick was found unconscious in his bed. His parents found him and immediately dialed 911. He was worked on at home and in the hospital, but could not be revived. Cause of the fatal sudden cardiac arrest was found to be Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD). Nick’s brothers are now tested regularly.

Shane Ozene

Shane Ozene

Shane Ozene - Stories of the Heart

Shane, age 15, collapsed during basketball practice for his local Parks and Recreation team in January 2011. He had no family history or symptoms of a heart condition. Shane had recently had a physical examination and checked out fine. The cause of death was determined to be an enlarged heart.

Maxwell John Pardington

Maxwell John Pardington

Maxwell John Pardington - Stories of the Heart

Max, age 20, was training for an Iron Man competition at the end of the summer. After a workout one day, he told his mother that his heart was racing. She told him to rest and then spoke to him every hour throughout the day during which he said he felt better. On their last conversation he said that he was in bed watching a movie. Max died in his sleep that night. There was no prior history of heart disease in his family. The cause of death was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Eric Paredes

Eric Paredes

Eric Paredes - Stories of the Heart

Eric was a seemingly healthy and athletic 15 year old high school freshman with plans to be a police officer. On July 23, 2009, as Eric packed for a family vacation, he collapsed on the kitchen floor. CPR was started within 20 minutes, but it was too late. Eric had already passed. Long QT Syndrome is suspected to be his cause of death.

Carlton Parkman

Carlton Parkman

Carlton Parkman - Stories of the Heart

Harrison Parks

Harrison Parks

Harrison Parks - Stories of the Heart

Nader Parman

Nader Parman

Nader Parman - Stories of the Heart

Corrine Patterson

Corrine Patterson

Corrine Patterson - Stories of the Heart

Corrine, age 19, was a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music when she passed out upon waking. She was sent to the emergency room where a doctor thought he saw something on her EKG. However, no follow-up tests were done and she was sent home. She passed away in her sleep four weeks later in her dorm room from suspected Long QT Syndrome.

Josh Peck

Josh Peck

Josh Peck - Stories of the Heart

Josh Peck, age 17, suffered cardiac arrest on January 7, 2000, during a pep rally at his school in Dalzell, South Carolina. Josh was an athlete playing all sports. He had been diagnosed with asthma, which his parents found out later he did not have. The underlying cause of Josh’s cardiac arrest was Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Brendan Pedder

Brendan Pedder

Brendan Pedder - Stories of the Heart

Andy Peña

Andy Peña

Andy Peña - Stories of the Heart

Andy, age 14, traveled with his family to watch his younger brother compete at a swim championship in another state. The night before the swim meet, all of the kids went swimming at the hotel. After he swam, Andy, an avid athlete, swimmer and runner jumped on the treadmill. When Andy was done, he laid down to rest and suffered SCA. Andy had been diagnosed with seasonal asthma and allergies, and used an inhaler to treat symptoms. The cause of death chronic Viral Myocarditis.

Daniel Ryan Phelps

Daniel Ryan Phelps

Daniel, 27, was an avid and accomplished soccer player during his years at the University of Washington.  After graduating, he continued to play soccer 5-7 days a week, sometimes 2 games a night.  Daniel passed away in his sleep after his usual rigorous workout.  The cause of this cardiac arrest was an enlarged heart, also known as athlete’s heart.

 

Thomas Pickens

Thomas Pickens

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Thomas was a wonderful son and the best big brother to his 4-year-old sister. He loved to read, especially war history, and was an avid video game player. He was car crazy from birth and enjoyed learning to work on them with his dad, spending hours in the garage together. Thomas never experienced any warning signs or symptoms of a heart condition. He passed away in his sleep at age 15. Cause of death: Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia. He is missed beyond all measure.

Joseph Plant

Joseph Plant

Joseph Plant - Stories of the Heart

Joe was a healthy, active 24 year old who had just recently fulfilled his dream of becoming a police officer in his hometown city of St. Paul, MN. He had completed several distance running events, including several marathons, as well as passed through the physically tasking police academy. In January 2008, he awoke with severe chest pains and rushed to the hospital. He was quickly diagnosed with a thoracic aortic aneurysm which fatally burst just hours later. Joe had a significant family history of heart complications, including his father who passed away from SCA at the age of 33.

DeCarlo Polk

DeCarlo Polk

DeCarlo Polk - Stories of the Heart

Larry Pontbriant

Larry Pontbriant

Larry Pontbriant - Stories of the Heart

Larry, age 15, collapsed on August 16, 2007, halfway through a three-mile fun run he was doing to stay in shape for the upcoming soccer season. 911 was called and CPR begun, but no AED was available. When the EMTs arrived, his heart was in ventricular fibrillation. His heart was shocked to a normal rhythm, and he was transported to the hospital, where Larry was declared brain dead three days later. The underlying cause of Larry’s cardiac arrest is unknown.

Legacy of the Lost is dedicated to all the young lives lost to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD TO SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST

If you are grieving the death of your child, or know bereaved parents struggling with the emotional trauma of their tragic loss, please reach out to Parent Heart Watch for support or to share your story.