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Damani Gibson died unexpectedly from sudden cardiac arrest after coming home from practice. Now his family wants to help others.
- Now to a track meet that's about a whole lot more than just who comes in first.
- Yeah. It's raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest.
- Sports producer Joe Gleason joins us with more on how one mother is helping people learn from her son's death. Good morning, Joe.
JOE GLEASON: Good morning, Courtney. Yeah, we're out here in Cy-Fair High School for the inaugural Damani Gibson Memorial Relay's. Yeah, there's a track meet that's going to go on out here today, but there's more than a track meet.
It's to raise awareness and prevention of SCA, sudden cardiac arrest. Not Damani was a healthy 17-year-old here at Cy-Fair. He died suddenly after coming home from a morning track practice of SCA, just over two years ago. He had no symptoms, there were no warnings.
His mom, Ruqayya, has been on a mission for Damani, who lit her fire. She leads CPR training and heart screenings, hopefully to prevent others from feeling the same pain she felt with the loss of her son.
- So if Damani is gone, I can't have him back, he's not coming back physically, but what can I do with the pain that I've been allowed to experience? I can save somebody else. It became our new purpose.
JOE GLEASON: Yeah. There were some heart screenings, CPR AED training just taking place. And coming up next hour we'll talk about how that's important in the fight against SCA. Reporting live from Cy-Fair High School, Joe Gleason, ABC 13 Eyewitness Sports.
- Love that mother's mission. Thanks, Joe.