KELLER (CBSDFW.COM)– The father of a 12-year-old Keller Middle School student who suffered a heart attack last Thursday says people have asked if there’s anything they can do to help. He tells them, Learn CPR.
It was the message the Keller ISD Lacrosse Team chose for their float in the Keller High School Homecoming Parade Monday.
Tracey Perry is the president of the organization. She pointed to the paper hearts pinned to their shirts and said, “They say ‘Do you know Jack about CPR? Learn!” And then, Jack Pittman-Heglund, Number Zero.”
Jack was a healthy lacrosse team member who at the age of 12 suffered a heart attack. But he survived thanks to CPR.
“It must be important because his mom saved his life by performing CPR,” Corey O’Brien said. O’Brien is one of Jack’s lacrosse teammates and has known Jack since the third grade.
The CPR message is one that Jack’s father, Kevin Heglund, wholeheartedly approves.
“If someone else can save another life, that’s the positive I want to come out of what happened to my son,” he said.
Heglund said Jack is still unconscious but making movements and progress.
“We’ve got his heart in a good place a stable place. Now the concern is his brain. Because there was a time when he wasn’t getting any oxygen or blood to his brain,” Heglund said.
Heglund said he and his wife Amy learned CPR in high school. They never had to use it until now.
After a deep breath and sigh, Heglund said, “It would’ve been a different outcome if she didn’t know how to do that CPR. I truly believe she saved his life.”
Heglund said doctors have told him it’s still too early to know what caused Jack’s heart attack. But once Jack is well enough, doctors will implant a defibrillator inside him.
Then, he’ll have to take up something less strenuous than Lacrosse or football.