Archive - Sep 9, 2011

Archive - Sep 9, 2011

Former Steeler Survives SCA

Former Steelers undrafted free agent S. Brett Greenwood was hospitalized Friday in Iowa City, Iowa, after collapsing during a workout in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Greenwood suffered an apparent sudden cardiac arrest arrest. Greenwood, who was released by the Steelers in part of their final roster cuts, was at his high school alma mater, Pleasant Valley, in Bettendorf, Iowa Friday before a game between Pleasant Valley and Davenport West.

He was working out on the school's practice field when he suddenly collapsed. fortunately, the high school had an automated external defibrillator (AED) and team trainer Jason Viel used it to restore Greenwood's pulse. He was transferred immediately to Trinity Bettendorf Hospital, and later, University Hospital in Iowa City.  

Greenwood is an elite-level athlete, just four days from his 24th birthday. 

SOURCE: Beyond the Steel Curtain, adapted

D'Iberville Football Player Died from Sudden Cardiac Death

JACKSON COUNTY, MS– A D’Iberville running back who collapsed at a football game Friday night died from sudden cardiac death, officials said.

Latrell “Fred” Dunbar collapsed on the Gautier High School field after he was hit in a play. Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus pronounced him dead at 9:50 p.m. at Ocean Springs Hospital.

An autopsy performed today by state pathologist Paul McGarry shows Dunbar died from "sudden cardiac death". "There were no injuries whatsoever. No fractures of any kind," Broadus said. Coach Buddy Singleton said video shows Dunbar taking a hit.

“There was a lick when he was blocking, but he got hit from the side on his shoulder,” the coach said after watching the replay this morning.

What you can do to get more public-access AEDs in your area.

1. Every time you walk into a store, ask them where the AED is. If they say "We don't have one" you can respond "Doesn't it make you nervous to work in a place that doesn't have one? It makes me nervous to shop someplace that doesn't have one." It will eventually make them think.

2. Call the schools in your area. Ask them how many public access AEDs they have and where they are. While you have the school on the line, ask if they ever have an athletic practice or game without there being an AED at the scene of the event.

Be prepared for some pretty dis-heartening answers. And be prepared for some really pathetic ones, too. Answers such as "Our AED is locked in the nurse's office so that nobody gets hurt." or "We don't take the AED to home games. If we need it we'll just have a student run into the building and get it."

And don't be surprised if you hear "What's an AED?"

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