Coroner: Crowder international student’s death likely caused by cardiac arrest

NEOSHO, Mo. — A Crowder College international student died of apparent cardiac arrest over the weekend after being spotted having respiratory problems along Highway 59 in Neosho.

Police and first responders were called at 4 p.m. Saturday to the 19500 block of South Highway 59 near the intersection with Route AA regarding a man having trouble breathing. Police Chief David McCracken said a passer-by reported seeing the man drop to his knees in apparent respiratory distress.

 The victim, later identified as Hugues Kazadi Mutombo, 22, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was taken to Freeman Neosho Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

There were no signs of foul play or accidental death, McCracken said. He said the victim was wearing workout clothes and had been exercising earlier in the day at the YMCA in Neosho.

An autopsy was performed Monday morning in Springfield. Newton County coroner Mark Bridges said Mutombo appeared healthy and seemed to have been a natural athlete, so Bridges was confident to rule the death a cardiac incident.

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EveryHeart Foundation – Denver, Colorado

Periodically, we’d like to spotlight organizations around the country providing heart screenings, training and AEDs to schools, churches and other groups. A great many of these organizations were founded by the families of young people who died of an undiagnosed heart problem. Our first spotlight is aimed at Denver, Colorado and the EveryHeart Foundation:

The EveryHeart Foundation was created in response to the growing number of sudden, unexpected deaths among our nation’s high school athletes. Our non-profit charity is dedicated to the early detection and prevention of cardiovascular events in high school athletes. Our aim is to ensure that young people are safely able to pursue their athletic dreams by providing free heart health screenings in high schools throughout the country.

To learn more, visit their website at:

Senior High Student Dies After Collapsing During P.E. Class

A high school sophomore has died after collapsing last week during a physical education class.

Edly Pierre-Louis, a 10th-grader at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, collapsed on the basketball court during a game last Wednesday.

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Parent Heart Watch Issues Statement in Support of Electrocardiogram (ECG) Screening in Youth

September 19, 2014 Michele Snyder 800.717.5828

Parent Heart Watch Issues Statement in Support of
Electrocardiogram (ECG) Screening in Youth

37 PHW Member Organizations in 22 States Provide Heart Screenings to Youth

Chicago, Illinois… Parent Heart Watch (PHW), the national voice solely dedicated to protecting youth from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), supports the use of carefully organized and implemented electrocardiogram (ECG) screening in youth to better identify those with conditions associate with SCA. Currently 37 Parent Heart Watch member organizations are partnering with cardiologists and sports medicine physicians to host heart screenings for youth ages 5-24. The screenings include an electrocardiogram (ECG) and/or an echocardiogram, which research increasingly shows can be effective in the early detection of heart conditions that may lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

Parent Heart Watch membership is comprised of parents who have lost a child to SCA, have a child that has survived SCA or is living with a heart condition, young survivors, medical professionals and other advocates. Many have their own local foundations, in honor or memory of their child who suffered SCA. “We all work tirelessly in our own communities to protect children from sudden cardiac arrest,” said Executive Director, Michele Snyder. “One of the ways we accomplish this is by offering free or low-cost community heart screenings for early detection. We want to let people know that heart screenings can be an effective way to detect many preexisting and potentially fatal disorders.”

PHW advocates for physical examinations that include family history, attentiveness to the warning signs and symptoms of a heart condition, and the addition of a simple non-invasive electrocardiogram, interpreted by a physician proficient in reading youth ECGs.

While the incidence of SCA in youth is sometimes referred to as “rare” or “infrequent”, the true numbers are not yet known. “There hasn’t been a mandatory and systematic way to report these deaths,” said Snyder. “Much of the research done on incidence has been from media reports, which clearly is not a reliable source, as many PHW members’ own stories were not in the media. Now that the Sudden Death in the Young Registry has officially been launched by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we will finally have true numbers on SCD in youth.”.

Donoho senior has plenty of heart to play sports

Axis Heathcock will go with Donoho football teammate Justin Foster on a recruiting trip to Samford this weekend. Their hosts will woo them but also gauge them, and Heathcock has a toughness card to play.

The senior lineman can simply raise his shirt and show a neck-to-navel scar.

He can tell of an 18-month span between January of his eighth-grade year and summer before his sophomore year, when he went from his heart stopping to playing his favorite sport again.

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Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Defined

With the pediatric population, cardiomyopathy occurs in approximately 12 children out of every million with about 1,000-5,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The majority of diagnosed children are infants under the age of 12 months with fewer cases between the ages of 1 to 12 years. When cardiomyopathy is diagnosed in children before puberty, it is considered extremely unusual and it may not have the same causes, manifestations or disease progression as cardiomyopathy in adults.

There is a vast amount of literature on adult cardiomyopathy but not all of the information is relevant to children diagnosed with the disease. Unfortunately, there has been little research and focus on pediatric cardiomyopathy over the years. Consequently, the causes are not well understood. According to the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry, less than 25% of all patients have an identified cause despite rigorous, standardized evaluation. What is known is that the underlying causes of cardiomyopathy in infants and children may be considerably different from that diagnosed in adolescents and adults with similar symptoms. Pediatric cardiomyopathy is more likely to be due to genetic factors while lifestyle or environmental factors play a greater role in adult cardiomyopathy.

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Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (SCDY) Surveillance and Prevention Project

Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 300 Michigan children and young adults between the ages of 1-39 years annually. These deaths are a tremendous loss not only for families, but for entire communities. Even more disheartening is that many of these deaths could be prevented through screening, detection, and treatment. SCDY victims are too young to die-and every life lost is one too many. Therefore, working together with a motivated group of experts and advocates, the MDCH Genomics Program initiated a surveillance system to further assess the impact of SCDY and identify action steps for prevention.

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Add heart test to high school athletes’ screening, cardiologists say

(HealthDay)—Including a test of the heart’s electrical activity in screening programs for high school athletes increases the odds of detecting problems that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at data on nearly 5,000 athletes, ages 13 to 19, at 23 Seattle-area high schools who underwent standard American Heart Association screening, including a heart health questionnaire and . They also received an electrocardiogram (ECG).

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Pause to Remember: Terrell Wilson

Terrell Wilson

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. 

Coaches Speak on Collapsed Player’s Recovery, Their Reviving Efforts

MONROE (KTVE/KARD) — The Neville Tigers hit the practice field Thursday with one teammate on their minds.
In one heart-stopping moment Wednesday afternoon, 17-year-old starting safety Cole Tracey collapsed on the practice field.
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