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  • Edgar Moran, 17, died in Austin, TX


    Student athlete dies from undetected heart defect
    Updated: 2/25/2005 7:09:27 AM
    By: Amy Hadley

    Edgar Moran
    Flags were at half-staff Friday and the mood inside Lake Travis High School was somber as word spread of the death of a classmate.

    Edgar Moran, 17, collapsed and died while playing in a varsity soccer game against Lockhart.

    The incident happened at 9 p.m. on the high school field with two minutes left in the game. Efforts by school staff, a defibrillator and medical crews to save Moran failed.

    "Emergency medical staff arrived within minutes and assumed control of the situation and worked heroically in excess of 30 minutes attempting to revive Edgar,” Lake Travis Independent School District Superintendent Rocky Kirk said. "We lost the most precious of all things -- the life of one of our students."

    An autopsy showed that Moran had a congenital heart defect that led to his death.

    "He was one of the better players. The other side light to that is he was going to be the kicker on football team next year, and he was excited about that,” LTISD Athletic Director Jack Moss.

    He was chosen as the soccer team’s player of the month for February.

    Moran had a physical and was cleared to play. Free heart scans were provided for students but not required. As far as school officials know, Moran did not have a heart scan.

    Moran was well-liked by his peers and teachers, the school’s principal said Friday.

    "I had students handing me fundraising proposals, ideas on how to help the family,” Principal Charlie Little said. “Before 8 o'clock this morning, I had received three calls from other superintendents all of which were supporting us. Their thoughts and prayers are with the family. That's the wonderful thing about being blessed to be in the school business because you're typically dealing with people who truly care about kids and each other."

    One superintendent said if a memorial was held, his soccer team would like to go.

    The school is waiting to hear from the family on their wishes before planning a memorial

    Grief counselors spent the day at the school.

    The Lakeway Community plans to gather Monday morning for a memorial service at Emmaus Catholic Church to remember a life lost too soon.

    A Lake Travis soccer game scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. The school has set up a fund for the Moran family. You can donate through Prosperity Bank.

    Young athlete heart screenings

    On Saturday, Feb. 26, the Austin Heart Foundation will offer screenings for athletes ages 15 to 18.

    The scan will be for a genetic heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM.)

    Scans will be available from 8 a.m. to noon at Bowie High School in Southwest Austin.

    The condition causes a thickening of the heart wall. There are usually no symptoms of obstructed blood flow or erratic heart beat.

    HCM is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people and affects roughly 1 in 500.

    The scans are free but a donation of $15 is requested.

    Parental waivers must be signed before the screening. Information and waivers can be found at austinheartfoundation.com.

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