Published on Jan 23, 2015
When Ellie Whelan stood up to perform in front of her school, she collapsed — but it wasn’t part of the act. Ellie had just suffered massive cardiac arrest. After being airlifted to the VCU Pauley Heart Center, Ellie underwent ARCTIC therapy, a process that lowers body temperature to induce hypothermia and help minimize brain damage. It saved her life. And now, Ellie’s back on stage performing. How’s that for an encore?