Broward County

10th-grader dies after collapsing during gym class

A student who collapsed last week during a physical education class at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School has died — possibly of an undetected heart defect.

Students remembered sophomore Edly Pierre-Louis on Monday with a paper chain of notes of mourning. Principal Dawn Baglos said that the school hung banners in memory of the 10th-grader, and there are plans to plant a tree in his name.

She called Pierre-Louis an “involved” student at the school in northeast Miami-Dade.

“The loss of a student is obviously extremely difficult,’’ Baglos said. “Our school very much so operates like a family.”

Pierre-Louis’ family could not be reached and the school district did not provide details of what might have stricken him. District spokesman John Schuster said staff at the school administered CPR until Pierre-Louis was taken to a hospital.

“The school’s principal accompanied the parents to the hospital,” Schuster said.

The student may have had an undetected congenital heart disease, according to NBC 6 South Florida, which first reported the death.

Randolph Pierre-Louis, no relation, said he met Edly Pierre-Louis playing weekly basketball games at a nearby elementary school. He said that Pierre-Louis wasn’t like the other kids on the court, who would skip school and get into trouble.

“I didn’t see him getting into that. He was different from the others. He had a more ambitious spirit. He wanted to do something,’’ Randolph Pierre-Louis said.

A pastor at Words of Life church in North Miami Beach said the student sometimes went to services there.

When it comes to kids and sports injuries, much attention has been paid to concussions. But studies have shown that sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among young athletes. Every day in the U.S., three young athletes die because of sudden heart failure.

Miami Children’s Hospital in 2011 began providing free electrocardiogram heart screenings for middle and high school students. The hospital has done about 3,000 tests throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, said Dr. Anthony Rossi, Director of Cardiac Intensive Care Program and Miami Children’s Hospital.

Through the free screenings, the hospital has detected about six cases of “potentially life-threatening problems,” Rossi said.

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