I am trying to understand how Wes Leonard and his enlarged heart went undetected. When I was having some cardiac issues, one of the first things the cardiologist did was to press rather hard just below my sternum
The Sternum is also known as the breast bone. Its the rather thick, hard bone at the center of your ribs located in your chest.
The cardiologist did this because if you have an enlarged heart, the bottom of the heart protrudes below the the sternum and can be easily felt by both the patient and the doctor.
It seems rather odd that this simple test was not performed. JD
Last night, March 3, 2011, Wes Leonard suffered cardiac arrest in the gym of Fennville High School after scoring the winning layup that closed out a perfect undefeated season.
After his winning shot, the players were celebrating on the basketball court. Suddenly, Wes Leonard, age 16, collapsed.
Paramedics arrived at the school and performed CPR, but were unable to revive him. Wes was pronounced dead at the nearby Holland Hospital.
An autopsy was performed today, Friday, and the medical examiner of Ottawa County stated that Wes had an enlarged heart.
Some bloggers have told us that an enlarged heart can be hereditary and also caused by a virus.
Evidently, Wes’s condition went undetected during the normal sports physical exams.
Besides being an excellent basketball player who broke 1000 points in his high school career earlier in the season, Wes Leonard was Fennville’s star quarterback for the football team.