Archive - Sep 6, 2012

Archive - Sep 6, 2012


Defibrillator "A Beautiful Thing" Says AED Advocate

In the eyes of Karen Acompora, the use of a defibrillator to save the life of a Smithtown man who went into cardiac arrest at an East Northport school reaffirms her family's advocacy for AEDs in schools, and is further testament to her son's legacy.

Acompora said the latest save brings to 62 the number of such stories she's collected since the implementation in 2002 of Louis' Law, named for her 14-year-old son who died two years earlier playing lacrosse. A goalie wearing the required chest protector, Louis Acompora was hit in the chest by a ball, which caused him to go into cardiac arrest. There was no defibrillator on the scene.

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