Dad says seizure that killed Lazar LaPenna caused by excitement

The daddy of 10-year-old Lengthy Island Little League participant Lazar LaPenna, who collapsed and died throughout a sport Friday, mentioned that the epileptic seizure that took his son’s life was attributable to his pleasure over scoring a success.

“The sheer pleasure of the hit that he bought introduced on a seizure, whereas he was standing on first base,” Gregg LaPenna told Newsday. “He went right into a seizure with a smile on his face and he collapsed on first base and he by no means got here out.”

Lazar died simply two days after celebrating his tenth birthday. LaPenna mentioned his son would normally decide a jersey quantity matching his age, however this time he determined to maintain his previous quantity, 9.

“He was actually excited and checked out me and mentioned, ‘Dad, can I keep quantity 9? I wish to be quantity 9 ceaselessly,’” the heartbroken dad advised the newspaper Monday. “I suppose he bought his want.”

LaPenna revealed that their household was presupposed to mark Lazar’s birthday by reducing a cake after Friday’s sport, however he mentioned Lazar had insisted on having a bit earlier than taking the sphere at Level Lookout Park in Lido, New York.

Together with his dad, who was his Little League coach, watching, Lazar skilled an epileptic seizure as he ran to first base.

Lazar LaPenna
Lazar LaPenna had been recognized with epilepsy a number of years in the past.
Fb / Gregg LaPenna

The boy’s 12-year-old brother, Gerry, who was teaching first base in the course of the sport, advised ABC 7 NY that Lazar reached out and positioned his hand on his older brother’s shoulder to regular himself, however he misplaced his steadiness and fell.

Gregg LaPenna recalled that he was taking a look at his scorecard when he heard his older son yell that Lazar was having a seizure.

“And I look down, he’s laying down on first base,” the married dad-of-three mentioned, describing the harrowing second. “After I noticed his face, I knew it wasn’t one other regular seizure.”

Lazar LaPenna with parents Greg and Monique
Lazar is seen with dad and mom Greg and Monique.
Fb / Monique LaPenna

Paramedics went to work performing CPR on the 10-year-old to revive him, however he couldn’t be saved.

The fourth-grade scholar at East Faculty had been recognized with epilepsy a number of years in the past and had managed the situation that causes seizures with medicine.

“He knew his life was restricted, however he at all times spoke concerning the future,” Gregg LaPenna mentioned. “He was a particular child.”

Lazar LaPenna
The Mets honored Lazar on Tuesday.
Fb / Gregg LaPenna

Lazar was obsessed with New York sports activities, particularly the Mets and Jets, and dreamed of turning into knowledgeable soccer participant when he grew up, although his medical situation precluded him from collaborating involved sports activities.

As information of Lazar’s premature dying unfold, the Mets honored their younger fan by leaving three bats leaning in opposition to the wall exterior their clubhouse Tuesday.

“We ship our love and help to his household and teammates within the Lengthy Seashore/Lido Little League,” the staff wrote on social media.


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