Mother wants EKG test made available to all athletes

Mother wants EKG test made available to all athletes

A local woman hopes her son's sudden death will be a warning to others. Brandon Goyne died earlier this year from a heart condition at baseball practice.
A local woman hopes her son's sudden death will be a warning to others. Brandon Goyne died earlier this year from a heart condition at baseball practice.

She wants every athlete in Caddo Parish given access to EKG testing. She says it can detect an abnormal heart condition and it could have saved her son's life

A heart condition called ARVD took Debbie Goyne's son's life in January.

"He was perfectly healthy. He didn't have a heart attack."

Brandon Goyne was at baseball practice at Louisiana State University Alexandria when the unthinkable happened.

Belinda Sloan's son was Brandon's teammate. Her son was right by Brandon's side when he died.

“He was in tears. He was devastated. It was very difficult for him."

To prevent this same tragedy from happening to other families Debbie is working with school districts across Texas and Louisiana.

"We're starting slow, but hopefully it will build."

She wants high school athletes to have access to EKG testing during their pre-season physicals. Tuesday night Debbie went before the Caddo Parish School Board. Hoping they'll join her mission.

Through an organization out of Houston, Texas the test is only $15. Debbie has already gotten the testing in place in Waskom and Elysian Fields. In those two districts abnormal results were detected in 10% of students.

The Caddo Parish School Board will vote on testing September 17th.

More information about the Brandon Goyne Foundation can be found by clicking this link:

http://www.boarddocs.com/la/caddo/Board.nsf/files/9AZJL74CBC21/$file/BrandonGoyneFdtn.pdf

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