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13-year-old San Dimas football player back home after suffering a heart attack during a game

Cash Hennessy inspired his family and friends, and even some professional athletes as he fought to get better.

The 13-year-old boy, Cash Hennessy, who suffered a heart attack last month during a football game is now back at home.

Medical staff at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) are seen cheering as Cash Hennessy was released on Tuesday.

"It feels great," Cash told ABC7 during a Zoom interview Thursday. "I'm so happy to be home."

Cash Hennessy is now recovering from open heart surgery and the community along with some of the biggest names in sports are showing their support: "That level of support and that level of the rally has just been fantastic."

His parents promised him not to leave the hospital until he did and all the support they received helped them keep their promise.

"Every time he doubted Cash, Cash proved him wrong and his recovery was so fast. He was just amazed," Chad Hennessy said.

"When he started walking, after three days from being on an ECMO machine for close to eight days, there were nurses crying in the hallways," Brenda Hennessy said.

Cash began getting visits from his friends this week and his parents are finally getting some sleep but said they were still getting up throughout the night to check on their son.

"Overall, I just feel so much better being home, like, mentally and physically, I just feel great," Cash said.


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