Community Rallies Around 12-Year-Old Girl Who Suffered Cardiac Arrest During Soccer Practice

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The family of a 12-year-old Arizona girl who suffered cardiac arrest Thursday during soccer practice says the support they are getting is what has kept them going.

“My family has experienced lifetimes of love in two and a half days,” father Matt Midkiff said, according to KSAZ-TV.

On Thursday, Pyper Midkiff was at her soccer practice when she was stricken.

The mother of another player performed CPR until an ambulance arrived, but the girl had a second cardiac episode in the ambulance. She was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she is listed in stable condition, according to KTVK. She has since awakened.

The family has received messages of support for Pyper from youth soccer teams in Arizona, Utah, and California. The Phoenix Rising pro team also showed off a jersey in her honor.

“Sports and soccer is more than competition, and the support over the past few days shows that everybody gets it over the past few days. Family is important and the kids and the players,” Matt Midkiff said.

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