Fundraiser held for local girl recovering from cardiac arrest

Updated: 08/24/2014 6:51 PM
Created: 08/24/2014 5:38 PM WHEC.com

After suffering a cardiac arrest that almost took her life, a young girl is on the road to recovery.

Last summer, two-year-old Scarlett of Rochester was running around in the yard when she suddenly collapsed. Doctors diagnosed her with a heart arrhythmia disorder. Due to her time without oxygen, Scarlett suffered a severe brain injury. Since then, Scarlett has been relearning how to walk, talk and eat.

On Sunday afternoon, a fundraiser was held for Scarlett and her family in Penfield. There was face painting, a zip line and helicopter rides.

Scarlett’s mom, Catherine Manelis, spoke about her daughter’s recovery and said, “She is making remarkable progress. She’s able to take some steps, everything with assistance, but you know that’s better than where we were even six months ago.”

Her mother also spoke about the support they’ve had throughout the year.

“Over the past year, we’ve had so much support from the community, from doctors, nurses, therapists, everyone that’s treated her. They have followed us through this journey the past year, and we feel so blessed and so lucky to have everyone behind us,” she said.

Scarlett’s mother said it is important to prevent what happened to her daughter from happening to other kids by learning CPR and AED training.

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