8-year-NC old boy dies after suffering cardiac arrest at school

By Jeff Rivenbark - email

LINCOLNTON, NC (WBTV) - A child died Friday morning after suffering cardiac arrest at his school in Lincoln County on Thursday.

Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services received a call at 8 a.m. concerning 8-year-old who was having difficulty breathing at Pumpkin Center Intermediate School.

Paramedics arrived 11 minutes later and found Ian Maddox suffering from cardiac arrest.

Maddox was transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln and later transferred to CMC in Charlotte. He passed away Friday morning.

As of Friday afternoon, funeral arrangements were incomplete.

According to MedlinePlus, cardiac arrest can be caused by coronary heart disease, heart attack, electrocution, drowning, or choking. Without proper medical care, the victim could die within a few minutes.

MedlinePlus says people are less likely to die if they have early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation. Defibrillation is delivering an electric shock to restore the heart rhythm to normal.

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