Cincinnati Children's Blog

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.

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