STORIES

of the

HEART

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.

Ciara Horton-Van Der Vliet

Ciara Horton-Van Der Vliet

Ciara Horton Van Der Vliet - Stories of the Heart

Ciara, age 18, suffered sudden cardiac arrest at her home prior to school one morning. She received CPR and a shock from an AED, which stabilized her heart. She was then transported to the hospital, where she was placed on life support. Ciara never regained consciousness and passed away seven days later. The underlying cause of her death is unknown.

Ryan Wagner

Ryan Wagner

Ryan Wagner - Stories of the Heart

Ryan, age 17, suffered sudden cardiac arrest three months shy of his 18th birthday. He was planning on attending the University of Delaware to pursue an education in engineering.

Peyton Walker

Peyton Walker

Peyton Walker - Stories of the Heart

Peyton, age 19, suffered sudden cardiac arrest in November 2013 related to a genetic heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Daniel Sung Walser

Daniel Sung Walser

Daniel Sung Walser - Stories of the Heart

Daniel, age 19, died of a sudden cardiac arrhythmia on February 10, 2003, during an intra-mural soccer game after playing a few minutes. Daniel had been diagnosed with
a congenital ventricular septal defect (VSD) and was seen by a pediatric cardiologist annually. Each year, he was given echocardiogram and EKG tests. His family was told he could do any sports he wanted as long as the exercise did not give him trouble. A stress test was never done. Had defibrillators been available the day he collapsed he may have been saved.

Taylor Waltman

Taylor Waltman

Taylor Waltman - Stories of the Heart

Taylor, age 12, suffered cardiac arrest while running laps during soccer practice.  The cause of Taylor’s cardiac arrest was Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.  She had no prior signs or symptoms of a heart condition.

Kelly Weaver

Kelly Weaver

Kelly Weaver - Stories of the Heart

Jonathan Wenhold

Jonathan Wenhold

Jonathan Wenhold - Stories of the Heart

Jonathan, age 9, was in fourth grade. He was in PE class jumping rope, then sat down, talked briefly with another child and collapsed. It took several minutes to realize his plight. EMS revived him with defibrillation, but he had already sustained brain damage. He survived eight days when his parents decided it was best to let him pass. It was determined he had Long QT Syndrome.

Jacob West

Jacob West

Jacob West - Stories of the Heart

Jake, age 17, was an athletic high school junior who participated in both football and lacrosse.  He was at football practice when he suffered sudden cardiac arrest from an undetected heart condition known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD).  He never demonstrated any signs or symptoms that anything was wrong.  His sister has also been diagnosed with ARVD.

Ryan Wetters

Ryan Wetters

Ryan Wetters - Stories of the Heart

Ryan unexpectedly passed away in his sleep at age 22. The coroner listed Ryan’s cause of death as cardiac dysrhythmia. No symptoms had ever been noticed.

Antwon Whitehead

Antwon Whitehead

Antwon Whitehead - Stories of the Heart

Antwon, age 15, collapsed during basketball practice at school. An AED was available, but no one knew how to use it. Antwon appeared healthy and had no prior symptoms of a heart condition. The cause of Antwon’s cardiac arrest was an enlarged heart.

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams - Stories of the Heart

Terrell Wilson

Terrell Wilson

Terrell Wilson - Stories of the Heart

Terrell, age 14, suffered cardiac arrest due to an undetected dissection of the aorta. Terrell began playing football in the fifth grade. Despite undergoing numerous physicals over the years, an underlying heart condition was never mentioned.

Cory Wilson

Cory Wilson

Cory Wilson - Stories of the Heart

Cory, age 21, suffered cardiac arrest while in class at college.  An AED was in the campus security patrol car, but was never used.  The cause of death was an unexplained cardiac arrhythmia.

Danny Woods

Danny Woods

Danny Woods - Stories of the Heart

As a child, Danny had a couple of fainting episodes, including one in PE class in grade school. An alert PE teacher demanded that Danny be checked. An examination discovered a heart murmur. Danny was watched and treated for several years by a pediatric cardiologist. In high school, his family was told that Danny could join the swim team and no longer needed to be seen or treated. On August 21, 2007, Danny returned from a long weekend of swimming, sunning and hauling firewood with his fiancé. When Danny did not report for work the next morning, it was discovered that he had died in the night. He was 29 years old.

Jesse Yeakle

Jesse Yeakle

Jesse Yeakle - Stories of the Heart

Jesse died in his sleep on October 1, 2003, at age 23, after open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. He had a heart murmur since childhood. After a routine dental cleaning, he developed a heart infection that required aortic valve replacement. The mechanical valve began to come loose and his sudden cardiac arrest occurred after a second open heart surgery.

Bryan Yu

Bryan Yu

Bryan Yu - Stories of the Heart

Kevin Yu

Kevin Yu

Kevin Yu - Stories of the Heart

Janet Zilinski

Janet Zilinski

Janet Zilinski - Stories of the Heart

Janet, age 11, had just started cheering practice and had done some light stretching/warm-ups. The girls were jogging a lap around the football field when Janet told her friend that she was tired and was going to lay down. She went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated on the field by a pediatric trauma nurse. Janet’s heart stopped several times en route to the hospital. CPR was administered in the ambulance, and Janet was alive and conscious upon arrival to the hospital. She spoke with her parents and was coherent and stable. Her parents were told that Janet would be OK. A short time later, she went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived. Janet’s physical two months earlier had not detected any problems.

Stuart Zurvalec

Stuart Zurvalec

Stuart Zurvalec - Stories of the Heart

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.