Grand Blanc 5th Grader Passes Away After Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Our hearts are with the Eisenbeis family, friends and the staff and students at Myers Elementary.
We didn't want to put this on the air this morning, as we know that many school buses have us on their radios. It's been a very touch-and-go subject, and we are sad to report that London Eisenbeis, a 5th grader at Myers Elementary in Grand Blanc, has passed away after suffering from sudden cardiac arrest last weekend at a water park.
They performed CPR on her for 25 minutes and used a defibrilator twice. They took her to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for treatment.
She had recently been taken to the doctor for dizziness, but they found nothing. They later found out that she had a heart condition called Long QT. She was under medical sedation with a breathing tube for the last week.
London was one of our son's classmates. Ironically enough, we had just done a live broadcast with the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation about the importance of heart health screenings for children and teens the Friday before she was hospitalized.
Myers Elementary has brought in therapy dogs for the students and staff today, and they'll be having "quiet time" in the computer lab for kids who need to talk and grieve.
First of all, we have to say that the Grand Blanc and Myers Elementary community have pulled together to support each other and the Eisenbeis family in the most amazing way. We're proud to be part of this "tribe," as described by Myers principal Betsy Kato.
A GoFundMe was set up to help with medical expenses for the family, and likely funeral expenses now as well. You can donate HERE.
They're also selling t-shirts with the proceeds going to London's family. You can purchase one HERE.
There WILL BE a heart screening for teens and younger children coming up with the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation and Hurley. We'll keep you posted on the details as soon as we get them.
Rest in peace, London.
UPDATE: There will be a balloon release and candlelight vigil for London Eisenbeis at Myers Elementary this Sunday at 4:30 PM. All are welcome.