Kissimmee boy receives new type of defibrillator

Kissimmee boy receives new type of defibrillator

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He's only 10-years old, but one young boy from Kissimmee has to deal with adult-sized problems.  His heart isn't working the way it should, but now a new device should help him live a normal life.

"He is alive and we were able to put this device and use this wonderful technology, because his father knew CPR," said Dr. Rodrigo Nehgme, a pediatric cardiologist.

Three weeks ago, 10-year-old Jose Ramos became the first pediatric patient in Florida to have a new piece of heart technology implanted into his body.  Back in February, he went into cardiac arrest while "rough-housing" with his brother.

"Me and my brother were fighting, then he punched me somewhere around here, and then I just collapsed," Jose explained.

After performing life-saving CPR, his father brought him to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where doctors determined he would be an ideal patient for a subcutaneous defibrillator.

"A defibrillator is having an ambulance there 24/7, so if his heart were to stop, he has the help that he needs," said the boy's father, Jose Sr.

Jose's implant helps to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.

"It's something for my health to save my life," said Jose.

"The procedure is technically easier, and at the same time, it's less invasive, because you don't need to put a lead in the heart," said Dr. Nehgme.  "This one, instead, goes on the side of the chest wall ... under the skin, in front of the rib cage."

It doesn't touch the heart, and in turn, lowers the risk factor for patients, and Jose's mom and dad think their son's new device will give other parents new options.

"Hopefully, with this being that he's the first child in Florida and the fifth in the nation, this is going to open doors," said mom Tatiana.

"One thing you want to protect is the heart, and if there's any other options you can have that's going to do the same type of thing than the other, go for it," said Jose Sr.

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