Parent reinforces need to address health issues
BY PAT FARNELLI
During the Mountain View regular school board meeting Monday, Superintendent Francine Shea commented on school code updates and policies recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Among the new policies were two that involved stricter regulations for coaches in the event of a player showing sudden cardiac arrest signs, traumatic brain injury, or concussion.
Coaches are to immediately remove from play any athlete showing signs of the above conditions, and will need to be trained in the diagnosis and protocol for these symptoms.
Danielle Scott, who attended the meeting, thanked Shea for addressing the new state policies.
“I particularly want to thank you for adopting the cardiac arrest policy. The possibility of sudden death of athletes has happened, it has happened here, and I hope it will not happen again on Mountain View soil,” Scott said.
Scott said that her son Connor passed away on Mountain Viewproperty while attending soccer camp 12 years ago. He had shown no symptoms of his heart defect, known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, previous to his sudden death.
Since then, his three siblings have been diagnosed with the same disease. Scott said that her daughter, who had an implantable cardiac defibrillator in her chest, was shocked by the device during a high school dance there, and had to be rushed to a hospital, where she remained in an intensive care unit for a week before surgery.
“She had a 504 plan, but I was never notified of that,” Scott said.
“I have two other children in the district, up and coming, with issues,” she said.
Scott said that her family has donated a scoreboard and defibrillator to the district, with a stand for the device near the playing fields.
She said that she had offered a training course herself, but only three persons attended.