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Student’s heart stops during practice

MAGNOLIA  – A 14-year-old Magnolia West High School student went into cardiac arrest Wednesday during a water break taken while running as part of athletics training on the school’s soccer field.

Fortunately, trainers were on-hand and began CPR, then used a defibrillator, which restored his heartbeat, according to Pct. 5 Constable David Hill. The freshman was transported by ground ambulance to Tomball Regional Hospital where he was stabilized before transport to the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Constable Hill said it appeared the teen had a previously undiagnosed heart condition and there was no indication that drugs were involved. He said the incident was a great example of things working exactly as they were intended, with a trainer nearby and life-saving equipment available.

As of Wednesday evening, Hill said the teen was in good condition.

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