Lynchburg, VA - A generous donation from Centra to Lynchburg College has the potential to save the lives of future student athletes.
Last year, incoming freshman Adam Seymour collapsed during a run during the first soccer practice of the season last year. He passed away three days later.
If Seymour had been tested with an ECG, or electrocardiogram machine, it may have detected a heart abnormality that led to his cardiac arrest.
LC's athletics department now has two of them and hopes to start screening every athlete this fall.
"It's very hard in our budget, in our athletics budget, to have these machines and create this type of service for our student athletes so absolutely we're fortunate," said Jim May, Director of Athletic Training Services at Lynchburg College.
Dr. Mark Townsend with the Cardiovascular Group played a major role in this donation. He will also be the one to review LC's screenings.