Mom urges other parents to get their kids an EKG test

Mother urges heart screenings for athletes after losing her son
Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 at 6:49 PM EDT
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LYNDHURST, OH (WOIO) - Back to school time, means many parents are cramming in, all those dentist, and doctors appointments for their students.

One mom wants all parents to think about one more screening for their child so you don't have to go through what she did.

It happened on Valentine's Day, a day that is supposed to celebrate love with hearts.  Alec Kornet's heart stopped beating during hockey practice.

Doctors say Alec had an enlarged heart.  Something a simple physical wouldn't have caught, but an EKG would have. Trying to prevent future heart-ache, the Kornets have set-up the 4Alec Foundation that brings a mobile lab to Brush High School for little to no cost.

"We didn't want any other family to go through what we live every day," Stephanie Kornet said.

They had the first mobile screening last spring and out of 30 students, they found 2 with abnormalities.  They are going to do another mobile screening in September.

Stephanie says most insurance companies won't pay for the screening, but the average cost is $75-100

"Which is way cheaper than you would have to pay out of pocket or a funeral," Kornet said.

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