Tasha, Eureka, SD – Donation Leads to Unexpected Life-Saving Screening
Roger Benson, 63, Lyons, SD – Screening Testimonial Video
Scott Lepke, Principal – Beresford High School, Beresford, SD
“My 7th grade son Matt is a very healthy, athletic young man. He had been involved in every sport that he could be in. He played soccer, and was on a swim team as an elementary student. He currently participates in football, basketball, track, and baseball. He has NEVER shown any symptoms of any issues with his heart. The screening took place right before Thanksgiving. The results came back 3 weeks later. The results were not good. They noticed that his heart was enlarged on the right side. They recommended that we see a cardiologist. We took Matt to the cardiologist the third week in December. They discovered that the cause of the enlargement was an ASD (atrial septal defect), also known as a hole in the heart. Matt has had this since he was born and was never discovered, until the heart screen.
My son underwent open-heart surgery to repair the defect on January 21, 2011. He is back to participating in basketball tournaments and has started track practice. He is back to normal, but without the heart screening, he may not have been. Wes Leonard, the high school student from Michigan who collapsed after making the game winning shot about 3 weeks ago, died from an enlarged heart.
I can’t say enough about how important it is to have athletes screened for heart defects. My son went 13 years with this issue without anyone knowing. I am thankful that I decided to to spend the money and have him screened and would highly recommend it to anyone.”