STORIES

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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 the appropriate live-saving actions were not taken.

Travis Mendoza

Travis Mendoza

Travis Mendoza - Stories of the Heart

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller - Stories of the Heart

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

Dominic Murray e1574183298859 - Stories of the Heart

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

Ortega Michael e1547427608841 - Stories of the Heart

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.

 

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.

Kieran Popp

Kieran Popp

Kieran Popp e1547429818415 - Stories of the Heart

A high school varsity team wrestler in 2009, Kieran was involved in a mysterious auto accident on Christmas Day that left his left leg crushed. No cause was found for the accident. He was transported by Care Flight and spent weeks in the ICU with no revelation about a heart condition, though Kieran’s mother insisted something was wrong. Kieran worked hard to walk again by Senior Night, which he did to a standing ovation. He graduated and went on with his life until September 3, 2015, when he passed away from sudden cardiac arrest due to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He was only 23 years old. Until the day he died, his heart condition remained undiagnosed.

Ryan Powell

Ryan Powell

Ryan Powell - Stories of the Heart

Michael "Mikey" Pratt

Michael "Mikey" Pratt

Michael Mikey Pratt e1578696115132 - Stories of the Heart

Mikey, age 11, collapsed at the finish line of a charity run in December 2013. A nurse who was watching the race performed CPR while 911 was called. CPR was performed for nearly three hours. Mikey was airlifted to the hospital, where he was placed on life support. He was declared brain dead the following morning. The cause of Mikey’s death was right coronary artery anomaly. An electrocardiogram 2 years prior did not detect this, although Mikey was having symptoms.

Emilie Puricelli

Emilie Puricelli

Emilie Puricelli - Stories of the Heart

Emilie had a history of fainting. During exercise or after ingesting any amount of caffeine, she would tell her mother that her heart felt like “it’s going crazy.” Emilie had been worked up by two different adult cardiologists in eighth and ninth grade. She died suddenly in her sleep at the age of 22, on August 30, 1997. The same Holter test that was read as normal while she was alive was found to be abnormal by an expert cardiology researcher after her death. Emilie had some classic symptoms, but still the diagnosis was missed. Her family now knows through genetic testing of parents and siblings that it was from Long QT Syndrome.

Robert Regalado

Robert Regalado

Robert Regalado - Stories of the Heart

Robert, age 15, died on April 30, 2009. He came home from baseball practice and complained of a headache. He took a couple of Advil and laid down. Robert’s brother went to check on him about 20 minutes later and found him unconscious. He started CPR and called 911. The paramedics were on scene within 5 minutes of the call; resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful. After 4½ months, the coroner’s office finally ruled the cause of death as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Robert had never shown any symptoms of a heart problem. Robert had been active in sports since age 6.

Liam Regensburg

Liam Regensburg

Liam Regensburg - Stories of the Heart

Marc Allen Richard

Marc Allen Richard

Marc Allen Richard - Stories of the Heart

Marc Allen, age 29, had been healthy all his life. He was an athlete all through school and college, excelling in several sports. He had continued his love for healthy habits and exercise, but succumbed without warning to sudden cardiac arrest on August 12, 2007. Marc Allen had no prior symptoms and was never screened for a heart condition.

Travis Roy

Travis Roy

Travis Roy - Stories of the Heart

On May 20, 2005 Travis was three weeks away from graduation from the 8th grade when he collapsed at his middle school. He had suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest caused by a previously undiagnosed heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He was taken to Children’s Hospital in San Diego by helicopter. Travis spent a total of four weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. An MRI was taken to ascertain the extent of the damage to his brain. The MRI revealed massive brain cell death – Travis had gone 23 minutes without circulation. He was blind, he was completely paralyzed, he could not speak and he could not chew or swallow. Travis died a week later on June 25, 2005.

Brock Ruether

Brock Ruether

Brock Ruether - Stories of the Heart

Brock, age 16, collapsed and died of SCA at the first volleyball practice of the season. Although an AED was available, it was placed beside him but not used. The 911 dispatch operator told them to get it in case it was needed later. Brock died on the gym floor, surrounded by classmates, school faculty and staff.

Matthew Rush

Matthew Rush

Matthew Rush - Stories of the Heart

Matthew, age 24, suffered sudden cardiac arrest due to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He was followed by a cardiologist since birth but had no symptoms.

Justin Saccone

Justin Saccone

Justin Saccone - Stories of the Heart

On Sept. 21, 2003, 15-year-old Justin, was playing baseball when he was hit in the chest by a wild pitch. The impact of the pitch caused Justin to go into Commotio Cordis, and he collapsed on the field. Justin never regained consciousness.

Jose Santos

Jose Santos

Jose Santos - Stories of the Heart

Jose went to sleep on April 14, 2002, and never woke up. He was 29 years old. Eight months later, the medical examiner concluded that Jose had died of an Acute Cardiac Dysrhythmia. His heart just stopped beating while he was asleep.

Louis Savino

Louis Savino

Louis Savino - Stories of the Heart

Louis, age 15, died on October 12, 2000, during soccer practice. Cause of death was undetected Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).

Sara Schacht

Sara Schacht

Sara Schacht - Stories of the Heart

Sara was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in November, 2001. Doctors told her she would live a long life but perhaps need a transplant in the future. She died on January 26, 2003, while watching a video after a day of college classes.

Paul Schafer

Paul Schafer

Paul Schafer - Stories of the Heart

Cody Schmidt

Cody Schmidt

Cody Schmidt - Stories of the Heart

Grant Schoen

Grant Schoen

Grant Schoen - Stories of the Heart

Grant, age 10, played soccer, baseball and wrestling, but loved all sports. He suffered cardiac arrest in his sleep on October 17, 2013 after laying down for an afternoon nap. The night before he complained of a headache and had a low grade fever. The underlying cause of death remains unknown.

Patrick Schoonover

Patrick Schoonover

Patrick Schoonover - Stories of the Heart

Patrick, age 14, was playing in a hockey tournament when he collapsed on the ice after scoring the game’s first goal. First responders were unable to revive him. It was later determined Patrick had numerous heart defects that caused his early death.

Zachary Schrah

Zachary Schrah

Zachary Schrah - Stories of the Heart

On April 2, 2009, 16-year-old Zachary died just after a typical football workout. Zac was the picture of health…a varsity football player with no personal or family history of cardiac problems. The underlying cause of death was Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Timothy Scott

Timothy Scott

Timothy Scott - Stories of the Heart

Timothy, age 16, was an avid football player. He passed away in his sleep on December 17, 2011. The underlying condition that caused Timonthy’s sudden cardiac death 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.