Friends visit Isaac Arzate before his release from the hospital
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -
A 12-year-old Salem boy is back at home, after surviving a heart attack at basketball practice earlier this month.
"My chest, where the scar is, it has pains and that's pretty much all," said Isaac Arzate.
Arzate's January 6 heart attack was the result of a structural deficiency in his heart. He had heart surgery on January 13 and now has a large scar running down the center of his chest.
"It was like turned one way and like when I would pump blood, it wouldn't pump all the way through," explained Arzate. "So they had to go inside me and turn that tube or something so it can pump blood all the way."
Arzate said he does not remember collapsing at practice. According to witnesses, he became winded and sat down for a few minutes. He was resting on the sidelines when he collapses. Coaches immediately started CPR, which saved his life. He was taken to Salem Hospital; once stable, he was transported to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.
Knowing how close he came to dying, is a little scary, Arzate said. "That my life was right there."
Arzate played several sports and had no symptoms before the heart attack.
"There's no way you could have known, that's what's scary," said his mother, Lindsay Wiens. "Really the only thing you can do to prevent something like this from having a long lasting effect is to learn CPR. That's what saved his life."
The family knows they're very fortunate Arzate survived.
A few days before Arzate collapsed, a teen had a heart attack at basketball practice in La Center, Washington. Cody Sherrell later died.
"I can't imagine what their family is going through," said Arzate's mom, Lindsay Wiens. "When we were in the hospital, you're so happy that your son is doing really good but then you feel so bad. You're fortunate, you're happy you're not that family. But then the reality is there is that family that's in that situation."
A fund is set up at U.S. Bank to help the family with Arzate's medical bills. To donate, ask for the Isaac Arzate relief fund at any branch.
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