Youth pastor goes home to heal after heart stops at gym

EVERETT — A youth pastor who was saved by friends, strangers and medics after collapsing on an Everett YMCA basketball court last month has been released from the hospital and is beginning rehabilitation.

Cameron Stevens, 24, has made steady strides in his recovery,

“It started off slow, but it has really been astronomical progress in the last few days,” The Rev. Billy Wheeler said.

Stevens barely had cracked a sweat when his heart stopped beating the morning of Nov. 18. He was playing basketball with co-workers from Calvary Everett Church at the time.

He first was given CPR by Wheeler and later by workers from the YMCA.

When Everett Fire Department paramedics arrived minutes later, Stevens had a faint heart beat.

Stevens awoke from a medically induced coma Nov. 22 with his wife, Kelsy, by his side.

“When he smiled, I started crying like a baby,” said Wheeler, who served in the Marines.

Stevens struggled with pneumonia for more than a week but is now walking and talking and regaining his memory.

He remembers nothing about the day he collapsed.

He is, however, grateful to those who helped him.

“I have told him the story five times,” Wheeler said. “We would love to go back to the Y and thank them.”

The plan is for Stevens to get an internal defibrillator in the event his heart stops beating again.

Doctors still aren’t sure if cardiac arrest led to a seizure or a seizure led to cardiac arrest, Wheeler said.

Stevens looks forward to getting back to being a youth pastor, but there is no timeline, Wheeler said.

Prayers from across the country continue to be shared through social media.

A fund for medical expenses has been established for Stevens at US Bank in the name of “Heart for Cameron.” Donations also can be made through the church, 2802 Wetmore Avenue, Everett, WA, 98201. To learn more, go to http://bit.ly/1cYgpdh.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Within an hour, 2 planes crash-land at Paine Field

One simply landed hard and went off the end of a runway. Another crash involved unextended landing gear.

Mill Creek’s Donna Michelson ready to retire at year’s end

The city’s longest-serving council member says she has every intention of staying involved.

Leanne Smiciklas, the friendly lady who served customers of her husband’s Old School Barbeque from a schoolbus parked in front of the Reptile Zoo east of Monroe, has died at 64. (Dan Bates / Herald file)
Without her, beloved BBQ hotspot in Monroe can’t go on

Leanne Smiciklas, who ran the now-closed Old School BBQ along Highway 2 with her husband, died.

Foundation awards grants to Arlington schools

The Arlington Education Foundation on Nov. 13 presented a check to the… Continue reading

Snohomish County firefighters head to California for 18 days

They’re from Fire District 26 in Gold Bar, Getchell Fire and Fire District 7.

State commission reprimands Snohomish County judge for DUI

Judge Marybeth Dingledy had pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a day in jail.

Driver arrested after car strikes pedestrian in Everett

The pedestrian was crossing the road near 12th Street and Broadway. He was injured.

Active Casino Road volunteer honored for work

Molina Healthcare recently honored Jorge Galindo, from Everett, as one of its… Continue reading

Over $12K raised to InspireHER

InspireHER, a local organization that encourages female empowerment, raised over $12,000 at… Continue reading

Most Read