17-Year-Old Girl Dies After Heart Stops While Swimming

| by Tony Tran

A Missouri teenager died after being pulled from a subdivision swimming pool.

Emma Aronson, 17, had been swimming in the pool when her heart stopped unexpectedly. Emma died while swimming on Friday night, according to KCTV, though the family's GoFundMe page notes that the incident occurred on Saturday.

“She was racing in the pool and got to the edge and said in a very small voice, ‘I’m so tired,’” mother Laura Aronson recounted to KCTV. “And that was it.

“Her best friends tried to save her life, but there was nothing they could do," she continued. "It was nobody’s fault.”

According to emergency medical personnel, the 17-year-old most likely passed away due to heart arrhythmia. The cause of the condition, however, is not known.

Emma had been a varsity basketball player at Lee’s Summit High School and was about to enter her senior year when she died. She had no history of heart problems prior to the incident.

“She was the most beautiful daughter anybody could ever ask for,” Laura said. “Every second of every day she made people smile. She was encouraging.”

After emergency medical services were contacted, Emma was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

According to Dr. Steve Laurer, the associate chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Hospital, heart failure in teenagers is rare but can happen in even the strongest, most athletic teenager.

“It’s the ones who have fainted or felt like they were going to faint while they were exercising that are especially the ones we want to pay attention to and identify," he told KCTV.

Her family will donate her organs, which could help save 50 lives.

"There was nothing that could have been done but parents just love your children,” said Laura. “Tell them you love them every day.”

Emma's family members have set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical and funeral expenses.

Source: FOX2, KCTV5

Photo Credit: KCTV5, Ian Britton/Flickr