Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Asst Principal & Coaches Save 11 Year Old Student

Posted by cocreator on December 05, 2008
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We will be reporting on lives saved around the world since our first documented life saved here in Singapore.

Soto, a sixth-grader, had no idea his heart was in trouble until he collapsed on September 26 on his way to first period.


Williams rushed to Soto’s side when he found out he was in trouble.

When we rolled him over, he took his last breath,” Williams said.

Williams immediately began CPR and called for the school’s automated external defibrillator — commonly called an A.E.D. With the help of four of the school’s coaches — Merrick Sims, Brad Jackson, Tim Mantooth and Clarence Green — Williams got Soto hooked up to the A.E.D., which said Soto required a shock to get his heart back in action.

“As soon as the shock wave went off, he started gasping for another breath,” Williams said. “And I was able to find a pulse coming.”

“I had not doubt we were gonna get Bernardo through this,” Williams said. “No doubt.”

When asked about Mr. Williams’ actions, Soto said, “I feel happy that he did that for me.”

At Children’s Sibley Heart Center, Soto was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

“This was a divine moment and divine timing,” said Assistant Principal Greg Williams. “I feel great every time I see him. It was a meant-to-be moment.”

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