TUCSON – Jenine Dalrymple says after losing her daughter nine months ago due to a genetic heart problem, she’s now hoping one simple test will save other children’s lives.
“It doesn’t bring Andra back, but it perpetuates her memory in a way that can give other people a chance,” Dalrymple said.
Dalrymple says after trying out for soccer last October at Flowing Wells Junior High, her 12-year-old daughter Andra tragically died due to a heart condition.
“We were fortunate Northwest Fire is a fantastic group of guys, and they were able to come to the junior high and revive her, but she did die two days later on October 23, and it turns out she had a heart condition we didn’t know about,” Dalrymple said.
So in her daughter’s memory, Jenine and the Tucson community are coming together to start a new pilot program, which will provide electrocardiogram screenings to examine the condition of children’s hearts.
“Andra just wanted to change the world, and to be a part of it is like the best experience ever, and to do it for one of my best friends is even better,” Tiffany Pelmont said.
Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Santiago Valdes said he’s hoping these screenings will reveal more insight, to prevent incidents like Andra’s from happening in the future.
“We haven’t developed the perfect screening test just yet, I think that’s the importance of pilot programs like this one, to help us to see what is the best way to find those few children that will be affected by such a devastating problem,” Valdes said.