An eighth degree at Milton Hershey School in Dauphin County has died after sudden cardiac arrest and became the second student in the Harrisburg area within two weeks to die from the syndrome.
Daron Lewis Godbee, 13, was hit in school, according to his death. He was a native of the Hershey area and involved in activities such as cross-country skiing, trails, swimming, bands and running.
"We are devastated by a beloved member of the Milton Hershey School community," the school said in a statement.
The school said his family donated their organs to the Gift of Life program to be given to one or more people who needed organ transplantation.
"Daron's kind and rewarding spirit will continue through the lives of others … He will be deeply missed by friends, teachers, housekeepers, coaches, and anyone who knew him," said the school. Milton Hershey, a boarding school for children with disadvantaged backgrounds, has about 2,1
Jonathan Kuhn, 16, a student and basketball player at Big Spring High School, died a few days after being hit by sudden cardiac arrest on February 28.
Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. It hits about 360,000 people a year in the United States, with about ninety percent of those dying, according to the American Heart Association.
The association has estimated that approximately 7,000 people 18 years or younger suffer from sudden cardiac arrest, with only about 11 percent surviving.
It is often caused by a previously unknown heart disease; People often show no symptoms before they are affected. In many cases, such diseases can only be detected by electrocardiograms, which are not included in normal controls and physics for adolescents. But heart problems among relatives are known as a risk factor.
Such deaths in previously healthy children, often athletes, are especially heart-rending and often receive news coverage.
Although it is considered a public health problem of discovery and prevention, medical experts believe that sudden cardiac death is rare and it is not among the main causes of death among adolescents.
Private organizations often collect money, promote and provide electrocardiograms for young people.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the three major causes of death for children from five to 14 are accidents, cancer and suicide.
Milton Hershey said it provides phycological care and counseling to students and staff. A memorial service is held Sunday at school. Godbees family said, instead of sending flowers, people should donate to a favorite charity or to Cocoa Packs Inc., P.O. Box 613, Hershey, Pa., 17033.