KFDA News Channel 10 – Amarillo, TX – April 21, 2017: An area group working to decrease the number of cardiac issues in young athletes hopes to expand across West Texas, but they need help.
Source: Area nurses combating dangerous problem among young athletes
Lubbock Avalanche Journal – October 22, 2016: Whenever he gets out of the shower, Xavier Ramirez said he always stops and looks in the mirror. A scar runs down the majority of his chest, stretching about 8 inches from the top of his sternum to the bottom.
Source: Heartwarming: Slaton’s Ramirez celebrating life 1 year after heart attack
KAMC – October 9, 2016: Sunday, over 100 Slaton ISD students packed into Lubbock Heart Hospital to receive free heart screenings. The event was hosted by Operation Screen Your Athlete who provided screenings.
Source: Following Student Cardiac Arrest Episodes, Over 100 Slaton ISD Students Get Heart Screenings
Fox 34 – October 9, 2016: Operation Screen Your Athlete held a special heart screening event for Slaton ISD at the Lubbock Heart Hospital Sunday, where more than 120 students were checked out. OSYA’s total number of students screened since starting the organization last fall is close to 400 students.
Source: 120+ Slaton students screened for heart defects
KCBD – October 3, 2016: In the past two years, it has happened two different times.
Two students at Slaton High School have both suffered cardiac arrest, each during a home football game, and both have survived.
Source: Slaton HS students hope to prevent cardiac arrests
Fox 34 – July 23, 2016: Sudden cardiac death is the second leading cause of death among young athletes; doctors say there are usually no warning signs before it happens, and the only way to catch it before it is too late is to be screened.
Source: Doctors: Athletic heart screenings ‘crucial’ for safety.
Fox 34 – February 27, 2016: Saturday was Xavier Ramirez’s 16th birthday, and he spent it at an event created in his honor. ‘Operation: Screen Your Athlete’ started last winter after Ramirez, a Slaton Tiger football player, co…
Source: Ramirez: ‘Screen Your Athlete’ helps save lives
KCBD – February 24, 2016: You remember Xavier Ramirez. The Slaton football player collapsed during a game against Brownfield last year and ended up having heart surgery to save his life.
Source: Operation Screen Your Athlete Fundraiser
Fox 34 – November 2015: A free cardiac screening is being offered to help other area athletes detect heart problems sooner. ‘Operation: Screen Your Athlete’ was held by Aerocare and volunteers from around the South Plains.
Source: ‘Screen Your Athlete’ clears student players for the field
Fox 34 – November 09, 2015: Since Xavier Ramirez’s collapse there have been fundraisers to support his family and events to bring awareness.
Source: ‘Operation Screen Your Athlete’ offered free cardiac screening
KCBD – November 6, 2015: A Lubbock medical team is coming together this weekend to hopefully prevent cardiac deaths among West Texas athletes.
Source: Operation Screen Your Athlete hosts free clinic for high school students