On February 18, 2018 a family’s trip to the water park, which was supposed to be a fun day, ended in tragedy. 10 year old London Eisenbeis had waited years to go down the slide where the floor gives way, sending the rider plummeting down the slide in around seven seconds. But tragically, this excitement would prove deadly – throwing the youngster’s heart into an abnormal rhythm as she plunged down the four-story tube, and sending her into a cardiac arrest.
When she came out seconds later, her heart had stopped beating. Doctors learned the seemingly healthy 10-year-old had an undetected heart rhythm condition called long QT syndrome.
“There really were no signs. She was a very healthy individual, athlete, gymnast,” London’s mother, Tina said.
There weren’t any signs because doctors say you never really know when the condition is going to show itself.
A normal heart recharges between beats, but for someone with long QT syndrome the heart muscle may take longer than normal to recharge between beats. It can potentially cause fast chaotic heartbeats, which in London’s case can cause cardiac arrest.
To honor London her family created The London Strong Foundation to bring focus to Long QT and other heart related conditions in order to save lives. They hope to accomplish this by stressing the importance of heart screening for children and emphasizing the importance of CPR/AED training. They offer CPR/AED classes for a small cost, as well as refresher courses. They also hope to provide AED’s throughout the community in an effort to save lives. London had a love of animals, especially cats, so the foundation also makes charitable donations to pet rescues.
On March 29, 2020 the Tri City WELS Men’s Basketball League will host the 7th Annual Celebrity All Star Game. The game will take place at Michigan Lutheran Seminary beginning at 5:00 pm. This year’s game will be played to honor London and money raised will go to the London Strong Foundation.