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Emma Aronson's Pool Party Turns Tragic When Teen Collapses and Dies

By    |   Wednesday, 10 June 2015 03:42 PM

Emma Aronson, a 17-year-old high school athlete from Missouri, collapsed at a swimming pool with her friends and died Friday.

The rising senior was racing against her friends and boyfriend in the pool at the time.

“She was done racing and she just resting on edge of pool,” the girl’s father, Jason Aronson, told ABC News. “She said I feel so tired . . . then she just passed out.”

According to Aronson, the friends present tried to revive her, but medical attention did not save her.

“There was nothing they could do,” Emma’s mother, Laura Aronson, told KCTV. “It was nobody's fault.”

Emergency crews were called at 9:45 p.m. and rushed to the scene where the teen was found unconscious, KCTV reported. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

“We believe that her heart gave out,” Laura Aronson told ABC, although the teen did not have a history of cardiac problems.

More specifically, emergency room doctors suggested Emma died of heart arrhythmia, though they were unsure of what caused her heart rate to malfunction, KCTV reported.

An autopsy has been scheduled with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death. It is expected to take weeks, KMBC noted.

Aronson described her daughter as “a competitor and lively spirit.”

Emma played for her high school varsity basketball team and had always been athletic.

“She was a tomboy at heart and hung out with the boys and gave them a run for her money,” Aronson said.

In honor of her aspirations to become a nurse, the family decided to donate Emma’s organs, which can help save up to 50 people’s lives, according to KCTV.

Sahil Parikh, a cardiologist and director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute in Cleveland, said sudden cases of teens dying from cardiac-related issues are rare, but can be related to problems with pumping, electrical function, or blockages in the arteries.

Most young athletes are not screened for heart disease unless there is a history of heart abnormalities in the family.

Last month the American Heart Association announced they expect the NCAA to soon mandate testing for their athletes.

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