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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signs Chase Morris Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

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Nearly two years ago, Chase Morris, a vibrant 16-year-old young man, had another eventful day: school, tennis and later some ping pong.  

And then, within moments, it was over.

"We had 16 years, 10 months and nineteen days," said Michael Morris, Chase's father. "And that wasn't enough. And we'll never get that back."

Chase died that day of cardiac arrest, leaving his family desperate to know why.

"How does a otherwise healthy 16-year-old suddenly collapse and die?"

Answers, soon came. An autopsy revealed chase had an enlarged heart, something that shocked his father. Knowing this could have prevented his death.  

So Morris continued his research.

"We began to learn just the crisis sudden cardiac arrest is within our youth."

He fought for more awareness of the issue. For more education. And ultimately, for more prevention.  

On Wednesday, his efforts paid off.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed the Chase Morris Sudden Cardiac Prevention Act.

"It is not a mandate for screening, but it is an awareness. It's an educational bill."

The bill requires the local school districts to give parents information about the risks of cardiac arrest, as well as preventative measures. It also requires annual cardiac arrest training for school athletic coaches.

"I, so many times, wish that somebody would have gotten me the information so I could have made an informed decision for my son."

It has the potential to save many young lives.

All because of Chase: a young man who made an impact and continues to, every day.

"He has the ability to light up a room, anywhere he went," said Morris. "He had so much love and laughter for others. He touched so many lives."

More information on cardiac arrest, as well as Chase Morris' story, can be found here.

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