Hundreds of teen athletes are getting the results of a potentially life-saving screening. This weekend, Local 2 partnered with Texas Children's Hospital and the Championship Hearts Foundation for our first Local 2 Teen Heart Screen.
Local 2 literally helped to save your children's lives, through a series of tests designed to uncover hidden heart defects.
For the first time in his life, 14-year-old JT McComas is watching an electrocardiogram. JT is just one of almost 300 student athletes we tested this weekend at the first-ever teen heart screen.
"We're talking about kids dying on the football field all the time because we don't' know what's going on in their bodies," said Jana Barlow, how brought her daughter.
The tests given here include the electrocardiogram and the echo cardiogram and could cost parents up to $800 if they had to pay for them themselves.
"I would not have brought my son if this had to come out of my pocket, just to be honest, I would not," said Randy Johnson, who brought his son.
Barlow says simply thank you. She brought her daughter all the way from Channelview for this screen.
"You all are reaching out and making this possible for so many people. I think it is the greatest," she said.
And these tests do work. Out of the 300 or so student athletes we tested we found 31 who will need to see a cardiologist for further follow up.