FOCUS - Living With Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
When Anthony Cole Jr. left for school on a September day in 1998, he was an active, healthy boy who loved playing sports. Neither Anthony nor his parents had any idea that their son could have died by lunchtime. He survived, but it would take thirteen attempts to restart his heart.
What the Coles soon discovered was that their son had Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. This syndrome is a congenital condition in which the heart beats rapidly because of an abnormal, extra electrical pathway between the heart's upper and lower chambers. Surprisingly prevalent for a little-known condition, the syndrome occurs in three out of a thousand people, is rarely hereditary and tends to affect more males than females. Moreover, the symptoms are common to many other conditions and can be misdiagnosed easily.
Tony Cole, Anthony Junior's father, tells the story of his son's harrowing collapse, revival, diagnosis and the first crucial twenty-four months of his treatment in the book RESURRECTING ANTHONY: A True Story of Courage and Destination. The book also details a father's struggle to come to terms with the permanent changes in his son as well as his fight to keep his family and business together.
On this episode of Focus, Kathy Lehr talks with parents Linda and Tony Cole about their family's experience with the effects of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. Timothy K. Knilans, MD, who is familiar with Anthony Junior's case, will also be on hand to discuss local treatment options and services available to children who are diagnosed with the syndrome.
(source: Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. press release)