Red Wing Student Whose Heart Stopped Returns To Class

RED WING (WCCO) — Just weeks after he went into cardiac arrest, a teenage boy returned to Red Wing High School Monday.

Six weeks ago, a student, named Tomas, collapsed during gym class. He stopped breathing and his body was cold. He was dying, but thanks to the quick thinking of school nurse Kris Klassen and an AED, Tomas was saved.

“I’ve very happy and glad to be back,” said Lindsey Fernandez, interpreting for Tomas.

Tomas speaks mostly Spanish and he’s part of the special needs program at Red Wing — where his friends couldn’t wait to see him. His cousin, Angel, stayed with him for two straight weeks in the hospital, so he knows how much this day means to Tomas.

“He was really excited to come back, pumped for it. He wanted to come back so bad,” said Angel.

That’s because at first doctors wondered if he would ever be able to come back. Tomas was weak, but his strength has started to return to the point that doctors gave him the go-ahead. He will ease back into class, but it’s not his first time in the school since his heart stopped.

Tomas actually came back to Red Wing High School a couple weeks ago for a fundraiser for his family. Teachers say he stopped by the AED, put his hand on it, and stood for a couple minutes without saying a word.

“I replay that day over in my head a lot of times,” said Kris.

A couple days after she helped save Tomas, Klassen took us through how it happened. The tool she never wanted to use helped her save a life. Now, she’s convinced that the heart she got beating again may be the biggest heart in the entire school.

“Tomas is alive today and, you know, the AED worked. I think everyone is celebrating that. How often do you get a happy ending like that? It’s a great feeling to have him back,” said Klassen.

Tomas thanked Klassen for helping to save his life at a fundraiser the students threw for him.

Klassen said a lot of people played a role in saving his life and the support Tomas received on his first day back was overwhelming.

  • ez

    This was a good ending, but I wish wcco would do a little research before posting their stories and head lines. This boys heart did not stop; it went into either v-fib or v-tach, both of which are still beating just not in the correct manner. It is impossible to restart a heart using a defibrillator. You need advanced life support and a complex mix of drugs to restart a heart.

    • Niki

      Wow, I didn’t realize we had a doctor in our midst. Do I bow, or would a simple nod of the head be sufficient acknowledgement for all you do? It’s a heartwarming story about a kid who didn’t die, take it for what it is….a happy ending.

      • she is nasty

        Wow Niki, I bet when you keel over, people will just step over you. A little jealous cause this person has more education than you?

        • Niki

          Haha….not at all, I am well educated. I just don’t see the point in nitpicking the title of an article to prove my knowledge.

          • ez

            It’s not that I want to nitpick this particular title, its just that wcco is terrible at getting their information right. And no, I am not a doctor. I am however a certified first responder.

  • Niki

    Yes, wcco does leave something to be desired in regards to their reporting.

  • Mrs. Who

    When your heart stops you die instantly… oh, I see someone already covered this.

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