When teen athletes collapse

Sarah (Steel) Anderson was the first child in Cincinnati to receive a defbrillator in 1994. Click to play her story.

It happens. Sometimes teen athletes collapse after showing no apparent warning signs.

It happened to Sarah (Steel) Anderson. She went into cardiac arrest at 12 years old after coming home from a cheerleading camp.

While she had never shown signs of heart problems, what happened to her uncovered hypertrophic cardiomyopathy that runs in her family.

Now a mother of two, one son and her father are all part of a treatment program at the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s.

This is their story.

Tanya Leach

About the Author: Tanya Leach

Tanya Bricking Leach is a writer and video producer at Cincinnati Children's and a former newspaper reporter who has covered crime for The Cincinnati Enquirer, sports for USA Today, island life for The Honolulu Advertiser, food for The Associated Press and stories about storms and surfers for the New York Times. Tanya is the author of the military-themed travel guide "Hawaii for Heroes." She is married to a military veteran and is the mother of two young boys. When she's not wired in at work, she enjoys unplugging with her family on their sailboat.

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