Santa Cruz student suffers Cardiac Arrest in PE Class

by Paul Martin -

Santa Cruz student suffers Cardiac Arrest in PE ClassA student from Harbor High School went into cardiac arrest during his physical education class on Wednesday morning.

The students were jogging when the incident happened.  It was shortly after they had begun when the student fell to the ground.  Fellow students called out for the teacher, Bassel Faltas, who ran about 100 yards to the scene.  He also called 911 from his cell phone on the way.  By the time he reached the boy, he was still breathing, but later stopped.  The teacher began CPR before the paramedics arrived.

The student was taken to Dominican Hospital, and flown from there to Sanford University Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized.

The school has offered counseling to the students to discuss any of their concerns.

Things like this really reinforce the importance of students learning CPR in high school.



  1. fereshte

    i m a nurse & work in hospital ,at cath lab ,i agree with you the learning CPR,to people is very important& primery .

  2. Ronnie Dannecker

    Actually, it’s rather shocking that a basic skill like CPR is not a part of the required curriculum in high school. It’s been know for years that CPR is a critically needed intervention in the event of cardiac arrest. It is also known that cardiac arrest can occur at any age, it is not restricted to those having a heart attack. The life a teenager saves may be a peer, a parent, a sibling, a grandparent, a neighbor, a stranger or his own child ten years into the future. A yearly CPD class for three years of high school would make a difference in a short amount of time.

  3. chi-fek

    am a nurse working in an international organization, it is very important that every one knows this CPR, b/cos is the first aid b/4 arranging/getting to hospital. IT SAFES LIFE.

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      Paul Martin

      Personally, I’d take a very talented nurse that can’t spell over a terrific speller that can’t do her job well.

  4. pat

    I am a clinician (physical therapist) who has a long history of working with nurses. English is my first language. I am in huge admiration of nurses and those from all walks of life who are proficient in more than one language. I think it is ignorant and arrogant to criticize misspellings when the intent of the message is clear. If I were to practice in a non-English speaking setting or country, I would sound terribly uneducated because of lack of literacy in languages beyond English. Please, Eric, think bigger.
    The above story about the Santa Cruz teen inspires me to get my teens signed up for CPR! Thank you.

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