Metro Atlanta boy passes away after collapsing during soccer practice
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - A 7-year-old boy has died after collapsing during soccer practice in Woodstock earlier this month.
Aidan Heath suffered severe brain and heart damage after going into cardiac arrest on September 8 at the YMCA off Bells Ferry Road. According to Aidan's mom, Ashley Heath, Aidan stopped breathing so there was a limited supply of oxygen to his brain.
"He hasn't woken up. He remains unconscious," Heath said.
Heath said her son never had any prior medical issues.
“All I know is when I got to Aidan’s soccer practice, I saw his coach giving him CPR and my mom doing mouth to mouth. I ran to him and he was struggling to breathe," Heath said on Facebook after her son collapsed.
Aidan was rushed to Kennestone Hospital and then flown to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
"We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support for our baby," Aidan's grandmother Peggy Moore said on Facebook Saturday. "Unfortunately, it has been determined that Aidan is here in body only."
On Sunday, September 18, Aidan passed away. The heartbreaking news was shared on the Prayers for Aidan Facebook page.
"With extremely heavy hearts and a great deal of sadness to say Aidan has gone home to be with the lord Jesus Christ.
The doctors performed the second test this morning and we did not get the results we so badly wanted.
Please understand today is a hard day for the family so please be patient with us. We thank you all greatly for all the support and continued prayers. Aidan is a blessing to so many here on earth and is now a major blessing to all above. He will continue to watch after his little brother Jasper and his mother Ashley from a much more powerful place."
Moore said doctors were able to use Aidan's kidneys, liver and intestines to save the lives of three different people in three states.
"We are so happy that Aidan was able to bring so many people together in prayer. never lose your faith."
According to the Prayers for Aidan Facebook page, donations are being collected to help the family with medical and funeral expenses. Donations can be made to all Regions Bank locations under the account "Prayers for Aidan Heath," on PayPal by emailing PrayersforAidanHeath@gmail.com or you can send donations to PO Box 1175, Holly Springs, GA 30142.
Check out Prayers for Aidan on Facebook for more information.