WEST LINN, Ore. -- The Portland high school student who had open-heart surgery last month after suffering a cardiac arrest during a football game is already back in school, according to his coach.
On Monday, Steve Pyne, the head football coach at Central Catholic High, told KGW that Hayward Demison was already attending class, just weeks after his surgery on Sept. 20.
Demison suffered the near-fatal cardiac arrest during a Central Catholic football game against Canby in early September. He passed out after making the game-winning touchdown and then his heart stopped.
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Hayward was revived by a cardiac nurse who happened to be in the bleachers, watching the game. Soon after, he learned that he had a defective, left coronary artery and needed open heart surgery as soon as possible.
After the surgery, the 17-year old's doctors said the surgery went well and he was expected to have a speedy recovery.
Hayward has said that he wants to play football again as soon as possible but his doctors have not yet said when or if he might be cleared to take part in sports again.