Coaches save 12-year-old Frisco girl with defibrillator

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 5 at 5:47 PM

FRISCO — Two Frisco coaches are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a 12-year-old girl who collapsed at her school.

Doctors still don't why Kylie Shea's heart stopped as she walked down a hallway to the girls locker room at Maus Middle School.

The life-saving effort was caught on video by a school surveillance camera. It shows two alert coaches — Brent Reese and Kristen Goodgion — springing into action.

Seconds after Kylie collapsed, the coaches began working on her, using a defibrillator to restart her heart. An air ambulance took the seventh grader to Children’s Medical Center Dallas, where doctors surgically installed a pacemaker.

Kylie’s mother, Sheryl Shea, wants to use her daughter’s experience to encourage others to install defibrillators in public buildings.

“They should be everywhere — schools, churches... anywhere there are people,” she said.

Kylie says she doesn’t remember much about the horrific ordeal. “It’s amazing how they knew everything," she said. "It’s just incredible.”

Kylie’s nine-year-old brother Joel is also breathing a huge sigh of relief. “I am thankful for the coaches," he said. "I hope it never happens again.”

Reese, Goodgion and the students who called for help will be honored at the school next week.

Kylie is now home from the hospital and doing well. But doctors say they still aren't sure what caused her heart to stop.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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