Tinley Park Teen Dies from Complications of Near-Drowning, Heart Disease

Elissa Adams, 13, nearly drowned in a Crestwood pool, and succumbed Sunday to complications from the incident and a cardiac arrhythmia.

A 13-year-old girl who was pulled from a Crestwood pool after nearly drowning died Sunday from complications of near-drowning and congenital cardiovascular disease, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. 

Elissa Adams, 13,  of the 7700 block of West 162nd Street, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead, according to the report. 

During the incident at a Crestwood pool on July 10, Elissa suffered an arrhythmia and a seizure, which caused her to ingest water. She was pulled from the pool and adults performed CPR. She was rushed to Palos Hospital and within an hour was transferred to Hope Children's ICU, according to a fundraising page established by the family. She succumbed to her complications four days later.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 17 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Vandenberg Funeral Home, 17248 S. Harlem Ave. A funeral Mass will be held Friday at 10 a.m., at St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church, 17500 S. 84th Ave., Tinley Park, according to her obituary

The family asks for donations to the Ronald McDonald House, "In Memory of Elissa." 

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Tony July 17, 2014 at 06:13 AM
My heartfelt sincere condolences to the family and loved ones and a prayer to their angel in heaven
robin zigman July 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Dear tinley park patch this family is is suffering the loss of there child and the information stated in this article is false you should probably get the right story or contact the parents before releasing this nonsense my heart breaks for the Adams and my prayers are with there family and friends!!!
kimberly July 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Hey editor Laura and anyone else if you want the real story on what happen to my friends daughter and or to spread awareness to her life here is the link to her page. Elissa Haley Adams fund https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1443907789214300
Brenda July 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Near drowning should be no where in this article. Shame on you patch.
Deb Vander Weit Jennings July 17, 2014 at 01:36 PM
She happened to be in a pool when the cardiac event happened. There was no "drowning." Please correct the story.


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