7th Grader Suffers Two Cardiac Arrests, Spends Four Days in Medically Induced Coma


A Massachusetts seventh-grader is in a pediatric intensive care unit after suffering two cardiac arrest episodes last weekend.

Nevaeh Vieira complained of chest pain before collapsing in her mother’s bedroom, WGGB-TV reported.

Her mother, Krissy, started CPR before the ambulance arrived, an act that likely saved her daughter’s life, Dr. John Kelley told the news station.

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“Having an immediate response like that within minutes of the event is absolutely crucial,” Kelley told WGGB. “If you have no circulation to the brain for five minutes or more, it’s very unlikely you’re going to get the person back.”

Nevaeh was in a medically induced coma for four days, but is now awake.

She suffered some minor brain damage from a stroke she sustained from a lack of oxygen, but is expected to make a full recovery, WGGB reported.

The Massachusetts case is just one of many recent examples of children suffering injury or death due to cardiac incidents.

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In December, a cheerleading coach in Memphis, Michigan, used CPR and an automated external defibrillator to revive a student-athlete who went into cardiac arrest, according to a report by WJBK-TV.

Amanda Bobcean, who is also an emergency room nurse, told the station she was in “the right place at the right time.” Her efforts restored the student’s pulse 15 minutes before EMS arrived, according to the report.

Jennifer Shea, the Beaumont Student Heart Check Manager for Corewell Health East, told WJBK that this was not an isolated heart episode in their state.

“We already have had multiple saves this year in schools,” Shea told the station.

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Two Las Vegas-area teens also died suddenly after suffering cardiac arrest.

Jordan Brister was pronounced dead after collapsing in a school restroom after PE class Jan. 3.

A GoFundMe created Jan. 7 said, “Jordan Tyler Brister suddenly and unexpectedly suffered cardiac arrest while at school with no explanation as to why. Jordan was a senior in high school who planned to join the military after graduating.”

Another Las Vegas teen, 16-year-old Ashari Hughes, died suddenly Jan. 5 after suffering a “medical emergency” while playing in a flag football game. That death was later ruled to be related to a congenital heart defect, according to the Clark County coroner.

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Lorri Wickenhauser has worked at news organizations in California and Arizona. She joined The Western Journal in 2021.
Lorri Wickenhauser has worked at news organizations in California and Arizona. She joined The Western Journal in 2021.