The Drs TV: Teen Survived Cardiac Arrest In Swimming Pool
The Doctors shared the incredible story of a fun family vacation that took a tragic turn. One woman explained that it was the middle of August and Alex and Alexis went swimming in the hotel pool, when while swimming, Alex told his sister that he felt like he was going to pass out.
He passed out and Alexis thought he was joking until he was pulled out of the pool and that’s when she realized it was serious. Alex’s dad was working at the hotel as an assistant chief engineer when a worker came in and told him to go to the pool right away. Alex’s mom came running to the pool, and they both found Alex laying on the pool deck, looking purple.
Alex had his tongue out, was drooling, and was groaning, although he wasn’t breathing. Alex’s dad performed CPR, but he wasn’t breathing for about 20 minutes. The ambulance took him to the hospital and the parents weren’t sure if he would live. He was kept in a medically-induced coma and cooled his body down to minimize brain damage. Days later they learned that Alex had a heart condition, so they did an MRI and found out he had brain damage.
The Doctors: Lance-Adams Syndrome
Rashelle and Alexis joined the show and shared that despite the odds, Alex is alive and doing well. The Doctors then welcomed Alex to come out and join them on the show. Alex wasn’t able to talk, eat, or walk before, and now he’s doing much, much better. Dr Stork said it’s a miracle that he suffered sudden cardiac arrest and is now doing as well as he is. He said of course when something like this happens, brain function becomes a concern. Alex had 15-20 minutes without oxygen flow to the brain and The Doctors sent him to see Dr Terence Sanger, a pediatric neurologist, for a follow-up evaluation.
Alex shared that the muscle spasms make his life pretty difficult. After doing multiple tests, Dr Sanger shared with The Doctors that Alex is a very lucky young man. He said that he noticed at least three different things going on with Alex, one of which was sudden jerky movements of his hands. He said Alex had what’s called Lance-Adams Syndrome, which is rare in children. He said he also has a slowness of movement, which is something that happens most common in Parkinson’s Disease. Thirdly, he has trouble controlling his muscles and turning them on and off.
The Drs TV: Treatments Aiding In Recovery From Cardiac Arrest
He said there are medicines that can calm down the Lance-Adams syndrome, and they also have good medicines for Parkinson’s Disease which Alex could benefit from as well. He said Alex has to relearn the control of his muscles, stop thinking about it has a disease, and instead think of it as athletics. He said he’s gaining strength and coordination, so he should think of it that way to make excellent progress.
They set Alex up with 50 personal training sessions to help him along his journey. They also shared that Alex just graduated high school last June, on track. He’s also playing guitar and Taylor Guitars sent Alex home with a brand new $3,800 guitar and they also invited him for a personal behind the scenes tour of their factory. Alex then played a song for The Doctors to show off his incredible talent.