Archive - Jan 4, 2011

Archive - Jan 4, 2011

Another Death Leads to Renewed Call for AEDs in Schools

(CNN) -- It was the second play of a high school football game. A 16-year-old tight end caught the pass. As he broke free from a defender, he was struck in the chest by another player.

After the play ended, Michael Ellsessar was slow to his feet. As he tried to stand, his legs buckled. He was in cardiac arrest.

Despite getting immediate CPR, Michael died that day on November 15.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Can Also Strike the Young


Emilie PuricelliEach year an estimated 325,000 people die in the United States from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  Of that number the Heart Rhythm Society estimates about 7,000 of these deaths are in children and infants.

On August 30th, 1997, my seemingly healthy 22 year old daughter, Emilie, died suddenly, in her sleep, from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Teen Hockey Player Recovering from SCA

Milford High School hockey player Tyler Symes is moving forward with his recovery following a hard hit that actually stopped the 15-year-old's heart during a hockey game.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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