Sam Sangetta - Olathe, KS - 58 at the time of the event (January 31, 2003)
Sam Sangetta never realized that he had a flair for the dramatic, but when he suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest on January 31, 2003, he did so before a near sellout crowd.
While fans waited for the start of the second half of a high school basketball game, referee Sam came out onto the floor and was waiting for the teams to emerge from their locker rooms when, according to several eyewitness accounts, he hit the floor hard.
"People told me my knees never buckled," said Sam who, like most SCA victims remembers nothing about the event, "I just went straight back."
Connie Snell - Austin, TX - 56 at the time of the event (December 27, 2002)
When Connie Snell and her husband Jay adopted a stray pit bull puppy, Connie had a feeling that the newfound friendship was meant to be.
"I always said that this dog is here for a reason," Connie remembered recently, "I said ‘some day, she is going to save our lives.’"
That day came on December 27, 2002, a lazy Sunday morning for the couple and the pet they had dubbed "Shuggy" who—along with two neighborhood EMTs who arrived on the scene in minutes with a lifesaving AED—became an instant hero. That morning, Connie got up about 7 a.m. and headed for the computer for some electronic solitaire before breakfast. Jay was already awake and reading the newspaper in the living room with Shuggy at his feet.
Hi to all,
This morning I was driving to work when I suddenly realized that I was at the stoplight where four years ago today I narrowly escaped death. I was the victim of an SCA, and if not for the grace of God and an AED, I would not be here today.
I try not to preach (really!), but each and every one of you that I am sending this to I hold dear in my heart. I know it doesn't always happen to the other guy. I know the importance of knowing what your blood pressure and cholesterol is. I know how dangerous smoking is. I know how dangerous stress is. If you don't know these things, please find out.
Jim Baum is a good neighbor. After seeing AEDs mounted in the Chicago O’Hare Airport, he spoke to a physician friend about them. Jim decided that he should have a device in each of his three homes because the neighbors in each location were elderly.
The defibrillators Jim ordered arrived in October 2003 and sat in the corner in their boxes for a month or so. While packing to go to their condominium in Puerta Vallarta for Thanksgiving, Jim’s wife Nancy threw one of the boxes in their suitcase and didn’t give it much more thought.
Henry Jampel, M.D., Baltimore, MD – 44 at time of event (2000)
Henry Jampel, M.D. is the Odd Fellows Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an adviser to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.
On May 16th, 2000, at the age of 44, and 7 months after completion of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii, Henry had a cardiac arrest in the shower after a swim workout.