PORTLAND, Ore. - A 12-year-old Salem boy who collapsed during a basketball practice came out of surgery just fine, according to a spokesperson at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
The surgery, which was deemed a success, was to repair Isaac Arzate's heart defect.
The boy collapsed Jan. 6 while resting on the sidelines at Scott Elementary School.
He had begun to feel winded during a drill and asked his coaches to rest. After five minutes, he returned to practice but began feeling ill again.
Arzate's coaches excused him from the rest of practice and the boy was watching the other kids when he collapsed.
Two coaches rushed to help - one talked to a 911 dispatcher while the other gave the boy CPR until medics could get there.
Arzate has been hospitalized ever since. A family member posted the following message on Facebook following his surgery:
Isaac is done with his surgery and it went great!! There were three possible situations the surgeons were expecting when they opened him up and the easiest quickest and fastest recovery option is what they found!! His surgery went about 3-4 hours rather than the 6-7 they thought! When all is said and done and after recovery h should be able to play sports and carry on like a typical teenager!!
Another boy, 14-year-old Cody Sherrell, was also hospitalized after he collapsed during basketball practice at La Center Elementary and Middle School in Washington state. A doctor said the teen had suffered a heart attack. Sherrell later died.