Girl, 9, died of nat­u­ral causes

The Oklahoman - - NEWS - BY SHEILA STOGSDILL For the Tulsa World

VINITA — A 9-year-old girl who died af­ter los­ing con­scious­ness dur­ing a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion class last fall died from nat­u­ral causes as­so­ci­ated with an en­larged heart, ac­cord­ing to an au­topsy re­port re­lease on Tues­day.

Mi­la­gros Vil­lal­pando died Nov. 13.

“Her heart was al­most twice the size of a nor­mal child’s heart,” said Amy El­liott of the State Medical Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice.

The cause of death was listed as my­ocardi­tis — in­flam­ma­tion of the heart — and the man­ner of death was nat­u­ral, ac­cord­ing to the eight­page au­topsy re­port.

The fourth-grade stu­dent, known as Milly, had no pre­ex­ist­ing medical con­di­tion or pre­vi­ous ill­ness, the re­port stated. The tox­i­col­ogy re­port was nor­mal, El­liott said.

Milly had just fin­ished play­ing a five-minute round of bas­ket­ball with a group of girls at Will Rogers El­e­men­tary School and was in a corner rest­ing when she be­gan to lose con­scious­ness.

A stu­dent re­ported to a teacher some­thing was wrong with Milly. Af­ter check­ing on the child, the teacher called 911. Ini­tially, Milly was not talk­ing but had her eyes open and was breath­ing, but she even­tu­ally lost con­scious­ness and stopped breath­ing.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders worked on Milly in the gym but were un­able to sta­bi­lize her con­di­tion, and she was trans­ported to a lo­cal hospi­tal but re­port­edly never re­gained con­scious­ness.

Her obit­u­ary re­ferred to her “as a good friend who was al­ways smil­ing” and she “had a heart of gold.” She was al­ways happy and never had a bad day, her obit­u­ary read. “Milly was a good friends there,” it read. dancing, singing, rid­ing stu­dent and had many “She loved gym­nas­tics, her bi­cy­cle, play­ing soc- cer, and lov­ing on her dog Bella.”

[PHOTO BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE TULSA WORLD]

The fence line of Will Rogers El­e­men­tary School in Vinita was a col­lect­ing place for stuffed an­i­mals and bal­loons hon­or­ing Mi­la­gros Vil­lal­pando, a fourth-grade stu­dent who died Nov. 13, 2017.

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