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Boy dies after going into cardiac arrest in Milford pool

The 10-year-old boy who became distressed while swimming in a Milford pool on Sunday has died, officials said.

Alex Cora was taking a swim test in a Milford public pool and went into cardiac arrest, police said. He was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he died late Monday night, said Rob Brogna, a spokesman for the hospital.

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Cora’s aunt, Amy Kurzontkowski, said that doctors said the boy had a pre-existing heart condition that was unknown to his family. He had no symptoms or episodes before, and it is not yet clear exactly what condition he suffered from, she said.

Kurzontkowski remembered Alex as “so goofy and so funny.” She said he was inseparable from his 13-year-old brother, who wants everyone to know that Alex was a strong Catholic.

“He had a Bible on his nightstand and prayed every night,” his aunt said during a telephone interview Tuesday. “He loved his brother and his whole family. . . . He loved to play PlayStation.”

Alex was taking a swimming test at the Fino Field Pool on Sunday afternoon so he would be able to swim in the deep end, when the incident occurred, Jim Heron, Milford deputy police chief, told the Globe on Sunday.

“He really wanted to swim in the deep end,” Kurzontkowski said.

Adults supervising Alex during the test noticed he seemed to be under stress, and immediately called for help.

“His brother jumped in the water, the lifeguard jumped in,” said Kurzontkowski, who was not at the pool that day. Alex was administered CPR and then went into cardiac arrest, she said.

Kurzontkowski created a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for his services and any other fees they might incur following their son’s death.

“As everyone knows, Alex passed away last night after a strong fight,” Kurzontkowski wrote on the page. “He was just 10 years old and had an underlying heart condition that wasn’t detected. He fought a very good fight but his heart just wasn’t as strong as he was.”

Kurzontkowski said the family wants to thank first responders, lifeguards, and the hospital staff for taking care of Alex.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani. Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com.
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