In the spring of 2014, LCS student Emily Orta fell on the soccer field and went into cardiac arrest. The news caused a flood of prayer from our school family and the surrounding community — that God might spare her life. The minutes that followed felt like hours, but later that day the news came that Emily’s heartbeat had been restored, but her survival was uncertain. During the days followed, her family learned of her rare diagnosis and the treatment needed to cure a condition she’d had since birth. Her story, artfully told below, is one filled with God’s grace, the love of family and friends, and the reminder that life is a precious and delicate gift.
A Heart Filled with Purpose
by Steven Strayer, Special Writer for The Daily Telegram, Sep. 8, 2014
Adrian, Michigan – Something miraculous happened in the life of Lenawee Christian junior Emily Orta, something which would bring belief into lives who witnessed what unfolded. Like some parents tragically find out, some kids never make the transformation from a caterpillar into a butterfly. And sometimes, even when they do, their wings are more delicate than originally perceived.
What started as a typical Friday practice for the varsity girls soccer team at Lenawee Christian on May 16 ended up being anything but ordinary… read more
Surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest: One Teen Athlete’s Story
By Ashley Welch, CBS News, Sept 10, 2015
Emily Orta can’t remember when she nearly lost her life on the soccer field last year, but it came as a shock to her parents, coach, teammates and everyone who knew her.
An active athlete for most of her life, Emily appeared perfectly healthy until the day she collapsed during a practice drill at the age of 14. Initially thinking she was experiencing a seizure, Emily’s coach alerted her parents and soon realized she had gone into sudden cardiac arrest – meaning her heart had stopped beating… read more
Emily’s story: Sudden Cardiac Arrest on the Soccer Field
Source: The University of Michigan Health System; C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Teen Saved After Heart Stops on Soccer Field
Source: Detroit Local 4 News, Copyright 2015 by Graham Media Group