Teen athletes’ sudden death spurs call for heart screening

In the fourth quarter of an eight grade basketball game, 14-year-old Teddy Daigle suddenly collapsed. He had no signs of a heart condition, but for one mother, hearing of this tragedy was something she knew all too well.

“First I thought about his mother. Unfortunately I know how she feels,”” said Shannon Ozene.

January 31st is a day Shannon Ozene will never forget.

“When I got there the paramedics were working on him and they worked on him for a good while,”” said Ozene.

Ozene’s son, Shane, was at basketball practice when he collapsed.
Ozene later discovered that her son had an enlarged heart muscle and suffered from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
He was only 15.

“He was walking around like a healthy teenage boy. He had no signs or symptoms of a heart condition,”” said Ozene.

And now, just 4 years later, another family is experiencing the same tragedy.

“Everything is very blurry when you are going through something like that,” said Ozene.

Teddy Daigle, a student at Holy Family Catholic School, collapsed during a basketball game Thursday night.
He was taken to Lafayette General where he later died.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to her. My heart aches for her,”” said Ozene.

Since her son’s death, Ozene founded the Shane Ozene Foundation.
Their goal is to educate parents on Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

“I urge everyone to take Sudden Cardiac Arrest very seriously. If you can have your child’s heart screened. Look for A-E-D’s wherever your child plays sports and be trained in CPR because you never know when you’ll have to use it,”” said Ozene.

Ozene says for every minute an AED is not placed on someone in cardiac arrest their chances of survival are decreased by ten percent.

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