Why did 9 year old Jake collapse at the tail end of a soccer game and stop breathing?

Date published

15 Oct 2021
Jake Bacon

Flying Doctor Podcast #30:

Bundaberg warmth. Wide expansive sports field. Parents and friends gather on the sidelines watching the nine-year-old compete. Jake feels tired and asks to come off – but then collapses and turns blue, struggling to breathe...

Collapsing shortly after, Jake was taken to Bundaberg Hospital and rushed to the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s (RFDS) base, for immediate transportation to the Queensland Children’s Hospital where they found out that he had a heart attack and would need heart bypass surgery due to Jake being born without his left coronary artery.

Listen to his story below -