A 14-year-old boy, described as “fit and healthy” by his family, has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a massive heart attack while riding his bike.
Doctors say it will take Oscar six months to recover after surgery.
Oscar and his stepfather, Adam Dawe, 34, were riding their bikes in Cornwall, England when the young teen suddenly suffered a cardiac arrest.
They were riding mountain bikes along with the biking group Cornwall Bicycle Project on Bodmin Moor when Oscar complained of feeling dizzy, according to Essex Live.
“Oscar has always loved mountain biking, since he was nine or 10 he’s been out with me doing 18-mile rides and absolutely smashed it,” said Adam.
“So when he started falling behind on a relatively easy ride, it was strange.
“It wasn’t like Oscar,” Adam asserted.
“We managed to get him back to the car park when he said he felt dizzy, but when we got there he just collapsed, his heart stopped beating and he stopped breathing.
“It was horrendous,” he recalled.
“I can’t stop thinking about what would have happened if it had happened 15 minutes before when I was alone with Oscar.”
Someone in the group performed CPR, saving the young boy’s life, while others went to retrieve a defibrillator.
Oscar was taken to the hospital, and his mother, Emmie Moran, 38, has been by his side at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
He spent four days in an induced coma and, although he has now regained consciousness, is still awaiting open heart surgery.
Doctors revealed that his cardiac arrest was likely caused by the abnormal growth of one of his arteries, compared to a normal heart, according to Essex Live.
The doctors said they believe Oscar must have had an underlying heart condition.
“Oscar is usually so fit and healthy; we had no idea he had an underlying heart condition,” according to the fundraising campaign organized for Oscar by his family members.
“Oscar’s life was saved by the quick thinking of one individual there that night and also the team effort of everyone out riding with him.”
“Luckily, they managed to perform CPR and get a defibrillator from the local village very quickly.
“This ultimately resulted in saving his life and had there not been a defibrillator so close, we know that Oscar would not have survived.
“Oscar is still in Bristol’s Children’s Hospital, awaiting open heart surgery, to fix the issue the doctors found with his heart.”
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