Guardian EMS plans on “Going Big” for Teen Athletes in Area High Schools
From: Brownwood News
After hearing the story of Scott Stephens, the loss of his son Cody Stephens by Sudden Cardiac Arrest on May 6, 2012, Guardian EMS has been inspired to “Go Big” for the teen athletes of Brown, Coleman and Comanche Counties by providing them with free echocardiogram screenings (ECG or EKG).
According to Guardian Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ross Bradley, Stephen’s explains that ECG screening could have detected the hidden heart condition that Cody had which suddenly took his life.
Cody was 6’9”, weighed 289 pounds, was just a few weeks from graduating from Crosby High School, and was looking forward to continuing his education at Tarleton State University on a football scholarship before his death. He had been working hard to stay in good condition to be prepared for college football practices until one Sunday afternoon, he relaxed in his dad’s recliner to watch television and dozed off but never woke up. According to his father, he died in his sleep from sudden cardiac arrest, something that his parents had never heard of or had any idea that someone that young, and seemingly healthy could be at risk for with no warning signs.