In the wake of NFL player Damar Hamlin’s mysterious on-field collapse, USA Today bizarrely took the opportunity to let parents know heart attacks also happen to kids.
Damar Hamlin’s collapse during Monday night’s football game was a sobering reminder to parents of children participating in sports: This could happen to anyone.
It’s still unclear what exactly caused the Buffalo Bills player’s heart condition.
Every year, sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of over 2,000 children and teens in the U.S., according to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This accounts for about 3% to 5% of all deaths in children aged 5 to 19.
“Everyone’s at some potential risk,” said Dr. Gul H. Dadlani, division chief of cardiology at Nemours Children’s Health in Orlando, Florida. “The same thing could happen to a high school student or the non-athlete who’s just at home.”