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"Girl’s heart stopped at soccer practice. Coach’s CPR saved her life." -Barry Carter

  • NJ.com
  • New York, NY
  • (December 02, 2018)

Koziol was training to be a goalie with another teammate who began screaming when she suddenly fell to the ground after doing sprints and stopping to drink some water. Messina, who also teaches physical education and health, said she did a round of CPR, and Koziol appeared to be coming around. She went into cardiac arrest. When that happens, every second up to eight minutes counts. Her doctor, Barry Love, the director of Pediatric Electrophysiology at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, said early CPR, defibrillation and hospital care make for the best chance for a normal outcome. “After eight minutes, the chance to resuscitate is very low," Love said. Love said the medical team is still trying to figure out why her heart, “went into this abnormal rhythm, where it wasn’t effectively squeezing blood, and she needed the shock to the heart to get it synchronized and to start working again."

— Barry A. Love, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Pediatric Electrophysiology Programs, Children’s Heart Center, Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

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