Mother takes action after son's sudden cardiac arrest

PHOENIX - Shellie Whenhold’s son Jonathan was at school when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. With no one trained to help him, precious minutes ticked by.

Shellie claims cardiologists were hopeful, but neurologists were not.

“Every day you are hoping for a miracle. It was a devastating time, on the eighth day we were the ones to let him go,” said Shellie.

The loss was overwhelming.

Shellie decided that the death of her son would not become more important than her daughter’s life.

Turning her loss into a lesson, Shellie decided to join groups such as Parent Heart Watch and The Anthony Bates Foundation. These groups raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest happening in young people. They achieve this by hosting local heart screen events.

Valley residents are encouraged to check out the next heart screening event and register to participate :

Where: Raymond Kellis High School
When: Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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