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RARE HEART FLAW BLAMED FOR RICKS STUDENT’S DEATH

SHARE RARE HEART FLAW BLAMED FOR RICKS STUDENT’S DEATH

Madison County authorities say it was a rare and undetectable heart disorder that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Ricks College student who died while playing racquetball.

Madison County Coroner Rick Davis said the congenital flaw that felled Derrick Parke of Carey is so rare it has no name. Parke was apparently healthy and as recently as last year was a starter on Carey's undefeated and state championship football team.Dr. Fred Stockinger, cardiac surgeon at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, said 3 percent to 4 percent of babies are born with an inherited heart defect in this country.

"It would be very unusual for someone (with a heart disorder) to get to 18 years of age without being diagnosed," Stockinger said.

His former football coach, Heber Kirkland, said Parke had a physical exam last week in preparation for serving a mission for the LDS church, and the disorder was not detected.