8-year-old dies after suffering cardiac arrest at school

8-year-old dies after suffering cardiac arrest at school

8-year-old dies after suffering cardiac arrest at school

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 24, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 25 at 4:18 PM

LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- An 8-year-old died after he was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center Thursday morning after going into cardiac arrest at school.

The boy attends Pumpkin Center Intermediate School and was in the third grade. A parent said the boy went to the nurse's office because he wasn't feeling well and was having difficulty breathing. While in the office, he apparently went into cardiac arrest.

EMS officials arrived at the school at about 8:11 a.m. Thursday.

He was taken to CMC-Lincoln in critical condition and then later transfered to CMC in Charlotte.  CMC confirmed Friday morning the boy died. 

This is the second death at the school in less than a year.  A fourth grader died in April.

Dr. Rene Herlong, a pediatric Cardiologist with the Sanger Heart/Vascular Institute, says parents with children who have had good medical care and no concerns, should be reassured that this situation is an extraordinarily rare occurrence.

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