GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A 17-year-old Guilford County teen survived sudden cardiac arrest.
Robin Lineberry said her son Cody Lineberry was over at a family friend’s house helping move firewood when he collapsed while sitting on his parked ATV.
Doctors tell the Lineberry family that if it wasn’t for the quick reaction of a family friend to administer CPR, Cody could have had severe brain damage or died.
Family friend Beth Riddle, who had only performed CPR once on her dog before, administered CPR and chest compression on Cody.
Riddle was relieved by Mount Hope firefighters and paramedics. Cody spent nine days in Moses Cone Memorial Hospital and underwent surgery to insert a defibrillator.
Robin Lineberry said doctors are not sure what caused the SCA but said Riddle’s CPR helped to save his life.
“They did test after test on his heart and they can’t find anything wrong with his heart so it’s just puzzling,” Lineberry said. “I can close my eyes and all I see is him lying there and it’s been a nightmare for me.”
Cody will have to wear the defibrillator for the rest of his life and must see a doctor for checkups every three to four years.
Mount Hope Fire Chief Larry Moser said the department may have four to five cardiac arrest cases a year but in his experience at the department Cody was the second youngest patient.
“It could be anywhere anytime and if you have the knowledge of what to do it’s very important. I think everyone should have that information,” Moser said.