Tragic Incident: Florida Teenager Dies After Cardiac Arrest During High School 5K Race

Credit: GoFundMe

Davie, Florida - A 14-year-old Florida teenager, Knox MacEwen, tragically passed away after experiencing cardiac arrest during a high school 5K race organized by the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program at Western High School.

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Following the race, Knox suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to Memorial Hospital Miramar, where he was later pronounced dead.

The school's principal, Jimmy Arrojo, expressed deep sorrow in a message to students, families, and staff. Grief counselors will be available on campus to support those in need.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist Knox's family, raising over $56,000. Knox MacEwen was described as a beloved member of his community, active in JROTC and volunteering with his church's kids ministry.

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Cardiac arrest, caused by a heart's electrical system malfunction, leads to the abrupt loss of heart function and can be fatal without immediate intervention.

Recognizable symptoms include sudden collapse, no pulse, and loss of consciousness. CPR can increase survival chances until emergency medical help arrives.

More than 356,000 cardiac arrests occur outside hospitals in the United States annually, according to the American Heart Association.

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