It’s never easy to accept the death of a loved one, especially if they died young. The LaPenna family suffered a great loss on Friday evening when their beloved son died.
Lazar LaPenna was a fourth-grader at Long Beach’s East School. The ten-year-old was a member of a Little League team and was quite active in it.
On April 29, 2022, LaPenna was running to first base during a game at Point Lookout Park in Lido Beach when he had an epileptic episode. Gregg LaPenna, his father, was the coach for his squad and was on the sidelines watching things occur.
Gregg LaPenna revealed that his son was diagnosed with epilepsy a few years ago and that his condition was managed by medicine. He went on to say that baseball was unrelated to his son’s death.
His son was a big baseball fan, and he was overjoyed when he got a hit early in the game!
One of the most frequent nervous system disorders is epilepsy. It affects people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, including children and adults. A brain comprises nerve cells that communicate by exchanging electric charges. A seizure ensues when an abnormal number of electrical signals interrupt normal brain signals.
An epileptic seizure can be triggered by several factors, including high fever, high or low blood sugar, alcohol or drug withdrawal, or a concussion. Only when a youngster has at least two seizures without a recognised cause is they labelled with epilepsy. There are currently no cures for epilepsy; only medicines and management are available.
Gerry LaPenna, Lazar’s older brother, was coaching first base as Lazar reached first base and put an arm across his brother’s shoulder to prevent collapsing.
When Gregg LaPenna first saw the incident, he realised it wasn’t an average seizure. When paramedics got on the scene, they attempted but failed to renew Lazar using CPR.
Lazar LaPenna’s relatives and well-wishers shared messages on social media about how the young kid was a die-hard Mets fan.
Dr Jennifer Gallagher, the superintendent of the school district Lazar, attended and took to Facebook to address parents’ and well-wishers’ worries and questions about the unfortunate situation.
“This tragedy is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for students and staff, particularly for those who are close to this family,” she wrote, adding that “all of our schools have a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to assist students, parents, and school personnel in difficult times such as this.”
Little League also published an official statement regarding the tragic incident. They discussed how Lazar LaPenna was not only a participant in the programme but that his family had been for centuries.
“Our heartfelt condolences to mother Monique, father and coach Gregg, brothers Gerry and Blaze, and the entire LaPenna family,” the statement stated. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them all,” it continued.
The death of Lazar LaPenna has shocked both his family and the community. He was taken from us far too soon.