Posted: Dec 7, 2012 5:02 PM by Kristen Holloway
A mother whose son fell to his death on a basketball court is doing her part to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to another family. Her son Shane died of sudden Cardiac Arrest, the leading cause of death in the United States, killing about 325,000 people every year.
"It's an awful scene to walk into a gym and see paramedics trying to bring your child back to life and your child is only 15-years-old, said Shane's mom Shannon Ozene.
It was nearly two years ago when 15-year-old Shane Ozene was at basketball practice, when he collapsed on the court and died. Shane had an undetected heart condition something that could have been picked up with a simple test.
"If he did have a EKG, it's possible that we could have detected his heart condition in time and possibly he would still be alive today," said Ozene.
To honor her son Shannon Ozene organized "Shane's Heart". More than 100 children will get free EKG's, a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart. This mother is hoping to prevent other families from suffering the way she has.
"If we can save one child from the condition Shane had or any type of heart abnormalities, we've done our job. We're just trying to prevent a family from losing a child to sudden Cardiac Arrest. I'm just try to make sure Shane is always remembered, that's one of my goals, to make sure that he is never forgotten and to do positive things in his name," said Ozene.
The Shane's Heart event is Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Domingue Recreation Center in Lafayette.