7th Grader Suffers Two Cardiac Arrests, Spends Four Days in Medically Induced Coma

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A Massachusetts seventh-grader is in a pediatric intensive care unit after suffering two cardiac arrest episodes last weekend.

Nevaeh Vieira complained of chest pain before collapsing in her mother’s bedroom, WGGB-TV reported.

Her mother, Krissy, started CPR before the ambulance arrived, an act that likely saved her daughter’s life, Dr. John Kelley told the news station.

“Having an immediate response like that within minutes of the event is absolutely crucial,” Kelley told WGGB. “If you have no circulation to the brain for five minutes or more, it’s very unlikely you’re going to get the person back.”

Nevaeh was in a medically induced coma for four days, but is now awake.

She suffered some minor brain damage from a stroke she sustained from a lack of oxygen, but is expected to make a full recovery, WGGB reported.

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