Finneytown boy recovering after going into cardiac arrest on cruise ship

A Finneytown family says they are lucky their son is alive. The 8-year-old collapsed during cardiac arrest on a family vacation. (Anderson Family)

MIAMI (WKRC) - A Finneytown family says they are lucky their son is alive. The 8-year-old collapsed during cardiac arrest on a family vacation.

The problem was they were on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. The good news is Noah Anderson is doing well. He's awake, talking and eating at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami. Unhooked from the IVs and oxygen, he has a long road to recovery ahead.

Noah's parents Grant and Sarah Anderson spent the day on the beach Friday. That night, Noah and his brothers, Alex and Ryan, raced back to the room.

"As I came down to our floor and turned the corner on the staircase, I saw Noah at the bottom of the staircase, crumpled," said Grant.

Grant started CPR immediately. Noah's grandfather rushed to help too. They got him to the medical deck and doctors took over.

"[Noah's grandfather] placed his hand on him and prayed for him, and that was the moment that his heart rhythm returned," said Sarah.

It was a fight to keep his heart beating. The captain turned the boat back to the Bahamas.

Sarah said as scary as this was, they knew what was wrong.

"Noah has a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. So, he was born with this, but we've known about it since he was about a year old. I actually have the same condition and I had a cardiac arrest episode when I was 12. And my father that resuscitated him, he resuscitated me when I was 12 and saved my life," she said.

Now, Noah gets to rest and enjoy some things he loves.

"My head still kind of hurts, but I'm watching movies, building Legos," said Noah.

"Took a walk down the hall last night, and he's Facetimed a couple of his friends from home," said Sarah.

"I'm probably going to watch the Clemson-Alabama game tonight with my uncle," said Noah.

Grant and Sarah are just thankful to be by his side.

"Just totally overwhelmed by everybody's outpouring of prayers for us and for Noah; it's just amazing," said Grant.

Norwegian Cruise Line calls the Andersons every day to check in on Noah. On Tuesday, the family will need thoughts and support. Noah will have surgery at 1 p.m. to implant a defibrillator.

They should be home in Cincinnati next weekend. Friends of the family set up a Go Fund Me to offset the medical costs.

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