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20th June 2019

20th June 2019
June 20, 2019 Katie King

Teenager undergoes four hour surgery after heart stopped at school

A TEENAGER whose life was saved by school first aiders after his heart stopped has undergone a heart operation.

John Gray, 14, a pupil at Clacton County High School, was put into an induced coma after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest while at the school, in Walton Road, last week.

The first aiders rushed to John’s aid and restarted his heart using the school’s defibrillator within two minutes.

John, from Clacton, was transferred to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, where he was placed in an induced coma on June 11.

His mum Mandy Piper said following a series of tests, John was brought out of his coma.

She said her son has been diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a heart condition which causes the heart to beat abnormally fast for periods of time. He underwent cardiac ablation surgery on his heart on Tuesday, which sees radio frequency used to burn away tissues causing the abnormal signals.

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