UPDATE: Teen who died after running in Shamrock race had heart condition

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 14 at 6:21 PM

7/14 UPDATE:  16-year-old Cameron Gallagher had a heart condition called a "cardiac arrhythmia" when she collapsed after finishing the Shamrock half-marathon in March, her father David Galalgher tells WRIC TV.

 

"Grace and I are convinced that this was something of a freak occurrence because of Cameron's long, athletic background.", David Gallagher told WRIC.

Cameron played basketball as a kid, ran with her family, and as a teen--competed on a swim team.

"And really had no symptoms of any heart conditions."

In fact, her parents say Cameron had been tested about a year before for any heart conditions...and everything came back fine.

"We're shocked by this, it's probably the big thing because of Cameron's athletic history."

 

3/17 UPDATE: WRIC-TV reports the teen's name is Cameron Gallagher and that she attended St. Gertrude HS and later transfered to Douglas Freeman High in Richmond.

Chief Ed Brazle released the following information Monday:
A large EMS presence was on standby throughout the weekend’s race events.  For the marathon and half marathons, over 80 emergency medical personnel were deployed using ambulances, golf carts, bicycles and foot patrols.  At one time, 14 ambulances were on site, 12 from the Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach and 2 from the Navy Mid-Atlantic Regional Fire Department.  Medical tents staffed by physicians, nurses and allied professionals were also available along the race route.  EMS crews evaluated 19 patients Sunday, transporting 4 of them to the hospital.  An unknown number of additional patients self-reported to the medical tents for assistance.
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VIRGINIA BEACH -- A 16-year-old runner died after she collapsed at the finish line of the Shamrock Half-marathon around 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Race Directors Jerry and Amy Frostick said an emergency medical team went to help the runner around immediately. It tried to resuscitate her there, then transferred her to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Chief Ed Brazle with Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services said the 16-year-old was from the Richmond area.

Hospital officials are notifying her next of kin. No additional information about the cause of death are available.

The Frosticks said they are "thankful for the very quick response of our emergency responders.  Our thoughts and prayers are with this individual’s loved ones during this difficult time."

We're told five other runners were transported to the hospital.

No word on their conditions or injuries.

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