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  • MN Teen dies on school bus

    Apollo student dies on bus
    ride

    By Kevin Allenspach • [email protected]
    com • December 1, 2010

    The family of a 16-year-old St. Cloud Apollo High
    School sophomore was grieving after their son went
    into cardiac arrest Tuesday while riding the bus
    home from school and later died at St. Cloud
    Hospital.

    The student had been complaining to fellow riders
    of shortness of breath, dizziness and sweating,
    according to St. Cloud schools Superintendent
    Bruce Watkins, who spent the afternoon and evening
    with the family. When the bus was switching
    students at North Junior High School, concerned
    riders reported the boy was unresponsive at about
    3:40 p.m. About 25 students were on the bus. An
    ambulance was called, and CPR was performed and a
    defibrillator used, Watkins said.

    The student was transported to St. Cloud Hospital.
    His parents were notified and arrived at the hospital,
    but their son never regained consciousness and
    was pronounced dead.

    Crisis teams have been activated and will be
    available for grieving students today at Apollo and
    North schools. The student who died has siblings at
    both Apollo and North.

    “It’s just a real tragedy,” Watkins said, adding he
    was unaware if the student had a pre-existing health
    condition. “This all happened after school, and I
    didn’t go into medical history with the family. It was
    more about offering support. It’s just rare for
    something like this to happen to someone that age.”

    District personnel also attempted Tuesday night to
    contact the families of the students on the bus to
    offer consolation and explain what happened.
    Kim - Mom of Sean (14) HCM diagnosed 9/08, Spencer(10) undiagnosed & Sawyer (6) undiagnosed

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    Re: MN Teen dies on school bus

    Wow . . . thanks for posting this Kim. This was very hard for me to read, since this is where I graduated high school from. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
    Angie & my boys
    Gavin diagnosed at 3 1/2 yrs old - Mar 2009 w/HCM, Gene mutation identified 7/09
    Younger brother (Cullen) - born 7/08, gene negative but still being screened on occasion due to his brother's "unique presentation" - meaning there could be another gene involved
    Husband (Chad) - clear
    Myself - Positive for gene mutation (identified 10/09), echo negative but diagnosed with mild regurgitation of the mitral, tricuspid & pulmonary valves

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