Student dies after collapse at Dulles Middle School
By Betsy Dolan
A seventh grade honors student has died after collapsing during gym class at Dulles Middle School earlier this month. Twelve year old Dustin Chan had been on a ventilator at Texas Children’s Hospital since the incident.
Today, Dulles Middle School principal Michael Heinzen sent parents a letter letting them know about Dustin’s passing.
“The DMS staff is heartbroken by the passing of Dustin Chan. Dustin was a wonderful student and valued member of the DMS family. He was well-liked by both students and teachers. We carry a heavy burden for his family as our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time”, the letter stated.
Sheila Chan, Dustin’s mother, had talked to local media in the days following the tragedy and expressed frustration that school officials didn’t react more quickly. Chan told a local Houston television station that after Dustin collapsed, the coach called for the nurse who responded with an EPI pen. Chan said she heard that Dustin was struggling to breath and she is concerned that no one performed CPR or used a defibrillator.
“I think in my heart they didn’t do what they’re supposed to do for Dustin,” Chan said.
However, in the letter sent home with students today, Principal Heinzen expressed his belief that the DMS staff handled the situation properly.
“Dustin’s teacher contacted the school nurse when he became unresponsive during class, and 911 was called immediately. Our nurse quickly arrived in the classroom to assist the student, and the DMS police officer aided the nurse in her efforts to assess Dustin’s condition. EMS arrived at the school within minutes. We want you to know that Dustin was given immediate and appropriate medical care until EMS arrived to transport him to the hospital.”
Heinzen stated that counselors would be on hand to assist students and that the school’s emergency procedures will be reviewed to make sure that staff is always prepared to provide a high level of response time.
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