The Schoolboy That Died For 25 Minutes And Lived With A Defibrillator
- Cade Ewington, 11, was rescued by quick-thinking swimming teachers
- Suffered from cardiac arrest as a result of electrical activity problems
- Despite being classed as ‘medically dead’ he suffered no brain damage
- Has now been fitted with a defibrillator which can restart his heart if needed
A schoolboy whose heart stopped beating for 25 minutes after his body was pulled from a swimming pool has made a miraculous recovery.
Cade Ewington, 11, was rescued by quick-thinking swimming teachers when they saw him fall unconscious and lying face down in the water.
A confident swimmer, he became unresponsive during his first school lesson at Active Luton’s Lewsey Pool on June 6.
The father-of-four from Luton, said: ‘He is my absolute everything and I can hand on heart say that I thought it was the end. There were a dozen medical staff and police over him, they looked at us and you could tell no one wanted to give us the news. This just shows the importance of people knowing CPR when they work in leisure centres as without that lifeguard, Cade wouldn’t be here.”
Cade was in hospital for two weeks but has remarkably escaped with no brain damage other than not being able to remember the ordeal.
His father added: “Cade was very dazed and confused when he was taken out of the sedation as he had lost his short term memory, but slowly he started to get it back.”
The youngster has since had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted which will restart his heart if he suffers another cardiac arrest.
The ICD is battery-powered and keeps track of a person’s heart rate – if an abnormal heart rhythm is detected, the device will deliver an electric shock to restore it to normal.
Cardiac arrests in children are very rare, and are often caused by genetic heart conditions that can run in families.
Since his traumatic ordeal Cade has met with the lifeguards, swimming teachers and paramedics who helped save his life just over a month ago. He is now calling for a defibrillator and CPR training in every school.
Last year GMB ‘s Heels for Hearts campaign in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation raised almost half a million pounds, which has paid for 432 CPR kits and over 15, 000 mannequins to be put into secondary schools and sixth forms across the UK.