Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Too Young

In August I posted about 18-year-old Antoine Thomas who had a heart attack, he is doing fine. Unfortunately though too many young folks are dying from heart attacks and other ailments. Two years ago, a second grader died from an unknown heart aliment. These are children who apparently had physicals because they played sports.

This week we lost a 13-year-old and a 17- year- old. The 13-year-old girl who collapsed at her school and later died had a previously undiagnosed heart ailment that could have contributed to her death, Madison County's coroner said. Nonn said the girl collapsed in a stairwell at Alton Middle School shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, apparently while returning to class after lunch, and died less than an hour later in a hospital emergency room after efforts to revive her failed. Raevin did not suffer any chronic illness, though authorities determined she had been sent home sick from school last Thursday before returning to school Monday, Nonn said.The previously undiagnosed heart disease uncovered during the autopsy "could result in a lethal consequence," Nonn said in a news release.

At Vashon High School, 17- year old senior Cortez Riney collapsed and apparently had a seizure during first period, shortly after 8 a.m. The teacher called security officers and 911, but efforts to revive Cortez failed. He was taken to Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. In a letter sent to parents, school administrators said Cortez had a pre-existing medical condition but did not specify what it was, St. Louis Public Schools spokesman Tony Sanders said. Grief counselors were at the school Monday afternoon and will return today. Cortez was described as a good kid with excellent attendance, Sanders said. He said students and staff members were in shock Monday. In Alton, family members said Raevin Hutson wanted to be a lawyer when she grew up — she liked to argue. And she was athletic, they said.
"A 13-year-old girl in great condition, not overweight, a good size … I just don't get it," said Raevin's mother, Dana Nall, 36. "I don't get it. Divine intervention. God takes the good ones."

For all of us who have children we need to get them physicals and monitor their health closely but still that is not good enough so we have to pray and not cease from praying that God keeps our children safe, healthy and in his care.
Most of this information was taken from the St. Louis Post Dispatch Newspaper.

11 comments:

Stephen Bess said...

I was just talking to my co-worker about the food and environment that we take in on a daily. It's affecting us and our children. Yes, we need to make those appointments so that we can live and most importantly so our children can live. Thanks for making us aware.

urban butterfly said...

This is so so so very sad. Man, this really touches my heart. I love kids of all ages and I hate hearing about children passing away for whatever reason. Its so sad.

African girl, American world said...

I couldn't finish reading...I'm too sad.

eye said...

Wow! I appreciate this post very much. I didn't know that so many young folks were dealing with this issue. The bottom line is diet and the failure of the FDA to address the issue. Also, pharmaceuticals have to be blamed with the amount of children who are dealing with those damned meds. Anyway, I'm doing fine and I'm glad all is well with you. Peace

Shai said...

That is so sad. I stopped getting my daughter annual physicals. She rarely gets sick.

Hassan said...

I have to agree with Stephen and Eye... The food we're feeding our children and the meds we give them creates serious chemical imbalances and causes unforseen traumas.

We need to get back to the natural. We also need to monitor closely what they're eating, where and when. We didn't have all of this chemical-laden stuff back in the day. That's why some of us are still here.

You can see it, can't you?

The Sarccastik Variable Why said...

wifey and i was just talking about some of the foods we eat...scary i watch lil'sarccastik like a hawk...breathing funny...anything different on her leg...i closely monitor anything new on my child...got to...

Nella said...

So sad. I cant really say much, not sure what to say.

Anonymous said...

Raevin was my cousin..I dont live in Alton, but I just so happened to be there due to another funeral, and I saw her mother and we talked about her.. I didnt get to see her because she was baby sitting, but its so sad to know that she was here today gone tomorrow. Makes you think about a lot of things.. all I can say is, if your child complains of pains, get a second opinion some times. some times doctors just dont believe that children can have heart problems at a young age.. but as you see, it can happen.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and to add to the other post about my cousin.. She had been complaining of chest pains since she was about 9.. the doctors kept saying she had heart burn.. just goes to show you that some times doctors dont do their jobs, or dont take the time to take a look at other things that can cause you pain. They go for the simplest explanation and leave it at that, until something like this happens..

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