Elijah Allen

Elijah Allen

Elijah, age 11, had been diagnosed with Long QT syndrome type 1 and was taking medication for his condition. In October 2013, Elijah went into sudden cardiac arrest while playing an unsupervised game of flag football at school.  CPR was administered, but there was no AED available at the school.

Six years later, Elijah’s 5 year-old sister also suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing in a swimming pool. Bystanders called 911 and administered CPR immediately. Her mother carried an AED, which was ready to be used, however, the 911 operator advised against using the AED alleging Chloe was breathing, even though she was not breathing normally.