Family asks for prayers after 7-year-old collapses during soccer practice

Shortly into soccer practice, Aidan Heath was running drills when all of a sudden he fell over.

ATLANTA — Thursday started out as any other day when Peggy Pickard Moore picked up her grandson, 7-year-old Aidan Heath, and took him to soccer practice at the Woodstock YMCA.

“He’s a joy to be around,” Moore said about Aidan. “He’s full of energy, loving, compassionate and is very close to his family.”%

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Aidan was running drills shortly into practice, when all of a sudden she saw him fall over, Moore said.

“I thought he was playing, and then I saw his eyes rolling into the back of his head,” Moore said.

The coach ran over to Aidan, noticed he wasn’t breathing and began CPR until paramedics could arrive at the field.

Aidan was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was then transported to a hospital in the Atlanta area for treatment.

Aidan has yet to regain consciousness.

“The doctors believe it is a congenital heart defect,” Moore said about her grandson’s condition. She said doctors are running tests to confirm if that is the case.

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In the meantime, the family is asking for prayers. Prayers for Aidan, prayers for his mother, who is a single mother, and prayers for Aidan’s recovery.

“There is brain damage, but we don’t know to what extent,” Moore said.

As for his mother: “She’s hanging in there. We’re just taking it day by day,” Moore said.

On Tuesday evening, the family is meeting with the hospital chaplain for a prayer group for Aidan at 8:10 p.m., and they are asking everyone to join them in a prayer for Aiden.

“We want as many prayers as we can get,” Moore said.

Moore has set up a Facebook page called "Prayers for Aidan," where the family is posting updates on Aidan's condition.

“We’re being very strong in our faith right now,” Moore said.

The family has set up an online fundraiser through Paypal. You can donate by using the email prayersforaidanheath@gmail.com.