Nine-year-old girl from Milton Keynes has heart attack while taking dance class

Healthy again: Summerlea  with mum Chris Burnett, left, nephew Tyler, centre-right, and dance teacher Nicky Molloy, right
Healthy again: Summerlea with mum Chris Burnett, left, nephew Tyler, centre-right, and dance teacher Nicky Molloy, right

A nine-year-old girl was brought back to life by her teacher after suffering a cardiac arrest during a street dance class.

Summerlea Burnett’s heart had to be restarted when she stopped breathing at her weekly lesson in Shenley Leisure Centre in May.

Close to death, Summerlea was saved by her instructor Nicky Molloy’s first-aid skills she was taught by St John Ambulance, which kept her alive until paramedics arrived.

She then underwent heart surgery to have an internal cardioverter defibrillator 
fitted, which mum Chris says is like having a 24-hour 
ambulance built into her body.

She said: “Most children with Summerlea’s condition don’t pull through, so we’re extremely lucky she had people to help her – they saved her life. I am so grateful.

“Summerlea would love to be able to dance again.

“We hope by next year, after a lot of recovery and further tests this might be possible, but she is doing much better.”

And now the little girl from Bletchley has launched a fundraising campaign to buy defibrillators to help other children with the same rare lethal heart condition.

She said: “I would like to say thank-you to everyone who helped me at the leisure centre and the hospital.”