Bakersfield mother raises awareness for cardiac arrest in young adults after daughter dies

Mother raises awareness for cardiac arrest

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - One Bakersfield mother wants to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest in teenagers and young adults around the community after her teenage daughter died.

In the last year Corinne Ruiz started Olivia's Heart Project. Ruiz said she decided to start the foundation after she lost her 14-year-old daughter Olivia back in 2004 to cardiac arrest.

Ruiz said Olivia had visited doctors just weeks before her passing, but wasn’t diagnosed with any heart problems until she died.

“The doctor never asked for an EKG screening and she had all the symptoms of Long QT Syndrome,” Ruiz said.

Olivia spent 10 days on life support before she died. Doctors conducted studies and found out her cause of death was due to long QT syndrome.

Ruiz said she hopes to raise money to provide teenagers with free EKG screenings which is something she said could have saved her daughter’s life.

Ruiz is holding the Pins for a Pulse event at the AMF Southwest Lane at 3610 Wible Road from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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