A GoFundMe page has been set up for 6-year-old Darcy Clack after tragedy struck in Gosford on the Central Coast last Thursday.
Described as ‘unexpected,’ Darcy suffered three cardiac arrests after running a 50-meter race at her Kindergarten Sports Carnival.
The page, organised on behalf of Jye Clack, reports that Darcy had “no underlying cardiac conditions prior to this occurrence.”
After completing the race Darcy had been turning towards her class when she collapsed. She was not breathing and was unconscious for a total of five minutes.
Two-parent nurses and two staff members performed CPR before ambulance services arrived eleven minutes later. She was attached to a defibrillator and rushed to the Gosford Emergency Department.
Following Darcy’s first cardiac arrest at the school grounds, she suffered a further two cardiac arrests – one while being transported by ambulance and another in the hospital.
The page reports that the 6-year-olds mother distressingly witnessed all three cardiac arrests.
She was transported to Westmead Children’s Hospital where investigations are ongoing to find the cause of her series of cardiac arrests.
“Darcy was transferred to Westmead Children’s Hospital the same day and is under medical investigation to find a cause and a plan for her unknown lifelong heart condition,” the page said.
A page update provided on June 2 by Jordie Clack said,
“Last Thursday we went through something so traumatic, heartbreaking, and unexpected – we have been at Westmead hospital for a week today.”
“The hospital nurses, doctors, and specialists have all been amazing. We have done every test under the sun. Darc[y] is getting back to her bubbly chatty self.”
“We are still awaiting an official diagnosis however we know she will have a lifelong heart condition and ongoing medication,” Jordie wrote.
As the parents, and business owners, have been required to stop working the GoFundMe page was set up to assist with Darcy’s medical costs.
Fundraising has already exceeded the initial goal of $20,000 and has raised a total of $23,030 so far to help toward Darcy’s medical costs.
Darcy’s parents Jordie and Jye said they were thankful for all who helped during the situation, including emergency services. They have also thanked people for their support and generosity during this difficult time.