“This was not an overdose,” said Gary Watts, the Richland’s County Coroner. “We lost Davis from a totally legal substance.” Watts said.
How painful could the loss have been for these parents who lost their children at the age of sixteen, due to a heart attack? As far as researches show, a heart attack does not occur at this age, unless it is inherited, or genetically transmitted, or if it is caused by a birth problem. No other case can cause a sudden heart attack or cardiac arrest unless it is artificially simulated.
Lanna Hamann a sixteen years old girl from Arizona has been pronounced dead at the hospital, after experiencing a cardiac arrest earlier on. The girl was on vacation in Mexico with her family in 2014, when she went into a sudden cardiac arrest. Her parents said that she was very dehydrated and did not drink any water or other liquid, besides several energy drinks. “This is something that could have happened anywhere,” Kris Hamann, her mother said. The doctors have blamed the energy drinks for Lanna’s cause of death. “I want to think of energy drinks as caffeine on steroids,” said one doctor during an interview.
This is not the only case a young life is taken from us, by a sudden cardiac arrest or heart attack. Davis Cripe of South Carolina is yet another victim who passed away this decade, from energy drinks. That day he had consumed a latte, an energy drink, and a large Diet Mountain Dew and later in the class he had collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately, he was pronounced dead just an hour later. He was also sixteen, with no previous heart condition. “This was not an overdose,” said Gary Watts, the Richland’s County Coroner. “We lost Davis from a totally legal substance,” Watts said.