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Del Oro teen in coma after cardiac arrest

Cross country runner collapsed while miniature golfing with friends
By: Joyia Emard Loomis News Editor
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A Del Oro High School freshman remains in intensive care in a Roseville hospital after he went into cardiac arrest while miniature golfing with friends. On the evening of Sept. 23, Lucas Armand, 14, a member of Del Oro’s cross country team, went into cardiac arrest while he was with friends at Scandia Family Fun Center in Sacramento, according to his father, David Armand, of Penryn. “Thanks to the quick actions of friends, bystanders, paramedics and Mercy San Juan emergency room staff, he received timely and effective Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The persistent efforts of Mercy San Juan ER staff were successful in re-establishing Lucas’ heartbeat 30 to 45 minutes after it had stopped,” David Armand said. David Armand said several hours after Lucas’ vital signs were stabilized, he was transferred to Kaiser Permanente’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Roseville. He said throughout the following week Lucas experienced several setbacks including pneumonia, fever and fluctuating vital signs. He said the problems are thought to be associated with bacterial infections in Lucas’ lungs and the neurological impacts suffered while his heart was not beating. David Armand said the goal of Lucas’ family and medical staff is to stabilize his vital signs and allow the course of antibiotics to eliminate the bacterial infections. “Achieving this goal will hopefully clear fluid from his lungs, restore full lung function and allow his heart to heal,” he said. “This will allow Lucas to channel all his strength and determination, as well as the power from all the prayers by his family and friends, into repairing the still unknown extent of injury to his brain,” Lucas’ father said. He said doctors are at a loss as to why Lucas experienced cardiac arrest. “The results from the series of toxicology and medical tests and investigations performed to date have provided no insight as to why this terrible condition struck Lucas. He is a strong athlete with no known medical conditions or other contributing factors,” he said. Rumors have circulated in the community that Lucas may have drank energy drinks before he went into cardiac arrest, but David Armand said it is not true and his son rarely, if ever, drank them and toxicology tests would have revealed that. He said his family and medical staff are determined to find out what caused Lucas’ heart to stop beating and additional testing will be performed after his condition improves. Lucas’ family is limiting visitation at this time. “When Lucas is physically stronger, friends will be encouraged to visit to help Lucas heal and become the fine young man that we all know and love,” David Armand said. He described his son as “a kind and gentle, yet strong and determined young man worthy of a miracle.” He said Lucas’ family, including his mother Nikki Linde Armand, of Rocklin, is “awestruck by the support, generosity, and prayers from his friends, the community and people from around the world.” David Armand said Lucas’ family and friends ask for continued prayers “for his full recovery so that he may continue to share his humor, kindness, love and inspiring nature with others.” Del Oro freshmen rallied to lend support to Lucas and his family last week, collecting gift cards for restaurants and gas to support the family while they keep a vigil at the hospital. Parents held a prayer service before school last week and the school’s electronic sign bore messages of encouragement, including “Go the distance Lucas.” Andy Withers is principal of Penryn Elementary School where Lucas’ sister, Jacqueline, 9, is a fourth-grader. He called Lucas “an energetic student” who always made school and learning fun and showed great care and compassion for other students. Withers said Penryn students have sent cards, prayers and well-wishes to Lucas and his family. Freshman John Price, 14, of Penryn, said he has known Lucas since the two were in kindergarten at Penryn School. “He’s very funny. He has a great sense of humor. He always makes me laugh,” John said. “I’ve prayed for him a lot. I visit him almost every day.” John’s mother, Vicki Price, asked that the community “continue to pray for Lucas and his family and continue to get the word out to others to pray for him.” She said the Lucas Armand Beneficiary Donation Account has been established at U.S. Bank in Loomis to help the family with expenses. To make a donation, call 652-5868.