Chad Hennessy: San Dimas, 13, who suffered a heart attack during a football game, was discharged from hospital and returned home


SAN DIMAS, Calif. (KABC) — After defying the odds against him, a 13-year-old who suffered a heart attack last month during a football game is now back home.

In a video his family shared with Eyewitness News, medical staff at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) are seen cheering as Cash Hennessy was released on Tuesday.

“It’s awesome,” Cash told ABC7 during a Zoom interview on Thursday. “I’m so happy to be home.”

On September 17, a heart attack during a soccer game in Rancho Cucamonga landed the teenager in hospital for more than a month.

Cash said he only remembered the night before the medical emergency.

Since then, his community and even some pro-athletes have rallied behind Cash, sending in videos to cheer him up.

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“I still felt a little crazy about the anesthesia when they showed them to me, so I was just more shocked than anything, and now I’m just a little grateful,” Cash said.

And there is much to be grateful for.

Doctors told his parents – Brenda and Chad Hennessy – that their son was born with a congenital heart condition.

Although he underwent open-heart surgery and was placed on a ventilator, he was hospitalized for much less time than expected.

Her father said the cardiologist was impressed.

“Every time he doubted Cash, Cash proved him wrong and his recovery was so quick. He was just amazed,” Chad Hennessy said.

“When he started walking, after being on an ECMO machine for nearly eight days, there were nurses crying in the hallways,” Brenda Hennessy said.

The boy’s parents said all the support they received helped them keep their promise to their son and they didn’t leave the hospital until he did.

“We kind of promised him that we wouldn’t leave until he did, and for us as parents, that’s really what got us through, that was all the support and all the prayers and all good wishes and messages,” said Chad Hennessy.

Cash started having visits from his friends this week and his parents are finally getting some sleep, but said they are still up all night to check on their son.

“Overall I feel so much better at home, mentally and physically, I feel great,” Cash said.

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