Archive - 2009

Archive - 2009

June 22nd

Governor Rell Signs the Larry Pontbriant Bill to Place AEDs in Connecticut Schools.

Larry Pontbriant Jr. was a standout student and athlete at NFA. He died as a result of sudden cardiac arrest while running in a race at Mohegan Park.

His parents lobbied with the American Heart Association and the Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association to get AEDs into all schools. They were successful.

As of July 1, all school boards are required to have a automatic external defibrillator (AED) in each school, if funding is available. The bill also allows school districts to accept gifts, donations and grants to buy the machines and train personnel to use them. A companion law also reduces liability for those who use or own the machines.

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June 19th

A Father's Day Tribute

I am thinking today of all the fathers who survived sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) because someone close by was ready, willing and able to help. Someone who, by the way, looks a lot like you.

Just last week, I was privileged to hear two fathers--recent SCA survivors--share their experiences during an American Heart Association meeting in Washington, D.C. Eddie Rinehart, of Austin, TX, and Jim Niskanen, of Modesto, CA, were grateful for many things--but most of all, they were grateful to be reunited with their families.

"I am so thankful that my wife is not a widow and I will get to see my girls (Ella and Grace, 3 and 5) grow up," said Eddie.

June 17th

Governor Rell Signs Bill that Promotes AEDs in Connecticut Schools

Legislation Prompted by Sudden Death of Athlete and Honor Student

June 18th Governor M. Jodi Rell today signed a bill that makes automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) available in schools and ensures at least two staff members are trained to use the live-saving equipment.

 “This is legislation is intended to do one thing—save lives, precious lives,” Governor Rell said during a bill-signing ceremony at Norwich Free Academy. “It is in the best interest of our children and our communities.”

June 15th

One More Fall Off His Bike...

Stephen Woodcock, Kokomo, IN – 62 at time of event (2009)

After their normal Saturday breakfast out, Steve decided to get a quick bike ride in before they sat down to watch the Kentucky Derby. Diane was preparing for the race when the door bell rang. She was expecting Steve back, but it was the Sheriff’s deputy at the door, with bad news. Steve had had an accident and was at the hospital. Diane wasn’t overly worried since he’d had many scrapes before. Just one of the downsides to regularly riding a push bike 100 miles on highways.

June 13th

Not Ready to be Widow

On May 2,2009 my husband of 41 years suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while bicycling on Hyw.26 here in Kokomo, Indiana. I didn't know anything was wrong until a sheriff's deputy came to the door and told me that I was needed at Howard Regional Emergency Room. I was actually pretty calm as I drove to the hospital as the deputy had told me that he was not hurt bad. When I arrived at the hospital I was taken to a room and told to wait for the Doctor. Then I knew it was bad! When she came she told me that my husband had had a heart attack. My first reaction was "No, that can't be right!" My husband has been in good health the entire time we have been married. He did have high cholestrol but it had come way down. After getting sick, the Doctor took me to see my husband. It was almost more that I could bear seeing him lying there like that. I broke down and could not handle it.

June 9th

Soccer Player Survives SCA Thanks to Internal Defibrillator

Belgian soccer player, Anthony Van Loo, 20, collapsed during a soccer match, but was saved by his implantable cardioverter defibrillator. The ICD kicked in and he was jolted back to life.  Fortunately Van Loo's genetic heart condition was identified in advance and he was protected from the potentially life-threatening arrthymia. To see the video, click here and scroll down to Favorites.


NC Representative, Police Officers Honored for Helping Save Rep. Becky Carney's Life

RALEIGH, NC– A House colleague of Rep. Becky Carney of North Carolina, and two General Assembly police officers are being honored for saving her life when she went into cardiac arrest.

The American Red Cross is slated to present Tuesday lifesaving awards to Rep. Bob England and officers Forrest Johnson and Will Smith at a Legislative Building news conference.

England is a physician who said Carney had no pulse after collapsing in her legislative office April 2. The Mecklenburg County Democrat was revived thanks to CPR and the building's defibrillator.

Carney was hospitalized for the heart arrhythmia and has since recovered at home. She'll attend the event and mark her return to work at the House for the first time since her collapse.

SOURCE: Associated Press


VA Teacher Saved by AED, Former Student

LYNNHAVEN, VA–Some consider Ron Hamilton to be the luckiest man alive.

It's the No. 1 comment from those who hear Hamilton's story about the chain of events that led to saving his life on Feb. 10.

When he woke that day, the 60-year-old Kings Grant resident felt out of sorts.

"It's still a complete blank - I have no memory of this," Hamilton said. "My wife, Martha, was going to work and wondered why I was still in bed. She told me it was time to get up, so when she left I went out for a walk. That's when I collapsed on King's Grant Road."

Jogging past Hamilton's house was Steve Hartz, a retired Navy helicopter rescue pilot and former EMS volunteer.

"He started CPR immediately and called 911," Hamilton said. "That got some oxygen to my brain."

June 8th

Kansas ICD Patients Celebrate New Beginnings

TOPEKA, KS--The "Heart Shockers" of Topeka, Kansas, got together this afternoon to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the support group.

Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators, or ICDs, and their family members joined Heart Shockers to be able to share their experiences living with defibrillators.              

Today's “Picnic in the Barn” is an annual event held to help celebrate the group's anniversary.

Defibrillators give people a shock to warn them their heart is in trouble, and that's how the group got its’ name.

The average life span of a defibrillator is five years and can cost as much as $30,000.


June 4th

SCA Foundation Announces Winners of Video Contest

In honor of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, Foundation Donates Free AEDs to Winning Schools

Pittsburgh, PA–The SCA Foundation today announced the winners of its first video contest designed to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. The student competition drove teams from across the country to submit videos about the importance of CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use, and empowering students to make a difference in helping to save lives.

The Grand Prize Winner is St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Salisbury, Maryland. The SCA Foundation will award the school with a new AED, three CPR Anytime™ kits, and a Nintendo Wii game system.

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