ME’s office: Teen runner suffered heart condition

Photo courtesy Gallagher Family
Photo courtesy Gallagher Family

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Medical Examiner’s office in Norfolk says a heart condition played a role in teen runner Cameron Gallagher’s death.

The 16-year-old from Richmond collapsed after running the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach back in March.

Monday, the Medical Examiner’s office said the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia associated with physical exertion and dehydration.

At the time, Ed Brazle with the Virginia Beach Department of Medical Services said Gallagher completed the race but didn’t feel well, collapsed at the finish line, and was rushed to a nearby medical tent. She was taken to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, where she passed away.

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