Family thankful for life
Help was at hand to save 11-year-old Jayden Taylor-Hischer's life
Moose Lake Police Officer Mike McNulty with Jayden and his parents, Scott Taylor and Lynette Hischer.
It was September 12 when Jayden, 11, was walking from the practice field on County Road 10 near Moose Lake, with Sam and Jody, when he collapsed. The group had just finished football practice. Jayden is on an elementary team from the East Central School District, and they had been practicing with the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels.
"That was the only time that we weren't there," said his mother, Lynette Hischer, in a recent interview. "He went with his friends, Sam and Jody.
"Practice was over, the boys were playing around. Everybody decided that it was time to go. Everybody was walking to their cars. He just collapsed."
An off-duty state trooper, Marc Hopkins, was there with one of his sons and witnessed Jayden collapsing. Another trooper, Mike Swanson, was also there.
"Marc said that he just collapsed," said Lynette. "A couple of EMTs from Moose Lake were there and Doctor Dewey. They all started working on Jayden."
A call went out to 911. Moose Lake Police Officer Mike McNulty heard the call and rushed to the scene. He had an AED in his patrol car and used it to shock Jayden's heart twice before the ambulance arrived. Jayden's heart was shocked one more time in the ambulance before he arrived at the hospital emergency room.
Meanwhile, Jody had called Lynette and Scott Taylor, Jayden's dad.
"I was still talking to Jody when the ambulance came," said Lynette. "I think I heard that the Moose Lake police used the AED several times on him, and they used it even in the hospital. They stabilized him at the hospital and waited for Lifeflight to come.
"Jayden's grandparents came and stayed with Jayden at the hospital. We came to the hospital, where they had him inside. They said that they were sending him to Children's Hospital. Shortly after that, Lifeflight got there."
Lynette and Scott sped to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
"I was pulled over by the state patrol down by Hinckley because I was going so fast," said Scott Taylor, Jayden's father. "It was a female officer that had stopped us. When I explained what had happened, she said that she had heard about it on the radio and let us go. She must have called the other state patrol officers, we weren't bothered even though we saw other state patrol cars in the medians."
Scott added that they received a call asking where they were. The Lifeflight had just gotten there with Jayden. He told them that they were on the second floor. They heard later that the Lifeflight crew couldn't believe that they had made it that fast.
Jayden was intubated for seven days to give his body time to rest and recover. He wanted to wake up from the induced coma. At one point, it took six nurses to hold him down, said Scott.
Lynette and Scott said that Jayden is big for his age, and he is solid muscle.
"They were giving him adult prescription drugs, and he was still waking up," said Scott.
Jayden has a heart condition that was treated as an infant.
"He's got Shone's Syndrome," said Lynette. "He had an artery repair at 4 days old, and he had heart surgery at 4 weeks old. But he was cleared to be a kid and do whatever he wanted to do."
Scott explained that the doctors and cardiologists couldn't figure out why his heart stopped.
"It could have happened when he was riding a bicycle or anywhere. It was a good thing that it happened where it did; he had all the help that he could get."
Scott went on to explain that Jayden's anatomy is different from the normal anatomy around the heart. He has a blood vessel that arches high and it sometimes crimps, like a garden hose. There had been five crimps in that blood vessel.
And he also has two muscles in a heart value, where most people have three to open and close the valve.
Jayden had to wear a Life Vest after he came home from the hospital that had a defibrillator built into it. It monitored the function of his heart.
Jayden went back to Children's Hospital and had surgery on his heart on October 23. An artery was patched and the faulty value was repaired.
"That opened up the value to make sure that the blood flowed better," said Lynette. "The pressure in each of his arms is different. On October 30, Jayden got an ICD, an internal defibrillator."
Jayden said that he got tired of the hospital but his dad saw another side.
"I think that he had a good time," said Scott. "He was giving the nurses a hard time."
Jayden is still not back in school. A tutor comes for five hours a week to help him keep up on his sixth grade studies. He visits his class at the school for several hours at a time, and plans to go back full time soon.
When asked, Jayden said that he remembers nothing about that day. He doesn't even remember going to football practice with his friends.
Jayden is ready to start playing football again and finds inactivity difficult.
"He's been given strict orders - no contact sports, no roughhousing," said Lynette.
"They want the muscle where the ICD is implanted to heal," added Scott. "He's a strong kid, he will heal."
Meanwhile, Jayden's team had an undefeated record. That changed after they lost him, Scott explained. Jayden said that he played center.
"I want to play two more years," said Jayden.
Scott explained that Jayden will not be able to play because of the defibrillator but that he still could accompany the team as an assistant.
As they think back to that fateful day, tears came to Lynette's eyes as she relived the events.
"I am thankful for all of the angels that were watching over him," she said.
Scott said that the incident happened on his mother's birthday. She had passed away the year before.
And Lynette's parents, Harvey and Cindy Hischer, who had stayed with Jayden at Mercy Hospital before he was taken by Lifeflight to Children's Hospital, also send a text message.
"There's not a word in the world that can thank Mike McNulty and the others that were there that day for our grandson. I want you to know that you'll always be in our thoughts and prayers."
"From all of us, we'll never forget everybody who helped him that day," Lynette added.
Jayden has presented Lifesavers candy to the officers from the state patrol, the hospital staff and the first responders.
The AED that Officer Mike McNulty used to save Jayden's life.
The community had rallied around the family as they were going through this crisis. Fundraisers were held at the Willow River and East Central schools, and the proceeds were used to buy gas cards and gift certificates.
Lynette said that one student, Nicole Mikrot, sold vegetables and earned $107, which she gave to the family.
Scott, Lynette and Jayden have plans to thank the people that saved his life. Scott said that he wants to take them and their kids ice fishing on Mille Lacs this winter. He mentioned another lake near their home in Rutledge that also is a good place to fish.
Because of that fateful event, the grateful family has a bond with those that stepped in to save Jayden's life on September 12, 2013.
Follow Jayden's progress on the CaringBridge website at http://www.caringbridge.org.