Archive - 2012

Archive - 2012

October 11th

This is the way it's supposed to happen, most of the time.

Player, 14, saved by coach's CPR training, automated external defibrillator
By Associated Press

Knoxville Central High School freshman Hunter Helton had sudden cardiac arrest during a conditioning practice Monday.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel (, coach Jon Higgins, -- a former University of Tennessee player -- performed the rescue protocol on Hunter and used the AED to stabilize his heartbeat. The youth is a cousin to Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, a former UT standout. Todd Helton also played prep ball at Central High School.

Hunter's father said the boy had no history of heart problems.

"He's had poison ivy and braces -- that's all," Ronnie Helton said. "He's always been a healthy, normal kid."

But thinking back to Monday evening and what doctors told him, Ronnie Helton still gets emotional.
"He flatlined three times," he said, choking back tears.

October 10th

Doctors Torn Over Heart Screening for Young Athletes

NEW YORK - Christopher Storm was a high school freshman and track runner when doctors found an abnormality in his heart. Part of the muscle was thicker than it should have been, making it harder for it to send blood to the rest of his body.

The condition, known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is one of the most common causes of sudden cardiac death - when the heart abruptly stops beating.

Storm's disease was caught on an electrocardiogram (ECG), a test of the heart's electrical signals, done by volunteer doctors who visited his school, the Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, near his hometown of Naperville, as part of a community screening program offered to all students.

"There was nothing - no lightheadedness, no reason for me to believe that anything was wrong," Storm, now 17, said almost two years after that test.

A Decade Extra

Ten years ago today, I collapsed with ventricular fibrillation. I owe my life to Tom and Randy who performed CPR on me during a training class in a hotel in Dallas. They thought of giving up in the 12 minutes or so it took for the ambulance to arrive with a defibrillator. I'm glad they did not stop. Because of their efforts, and the fine work of the EMTs, I've gained ten more years of life that I would not have had.

I'm so grateful for the work of all involved - Tom, Randy, the EMTs, the doctors and nurses at the hospital. And for the last ten years, the ongoing care of the electrophysiologists, especially Dr Rubin. I'm also thankful that I have a wonderful husband who took excellent care of me following my SCA and during my recovery. Through him, I know and experience love each day.

I thank God for all the people who are willing to perform bystander CPR and for all the research and technology about how to save the life of someone experiencing SCA.

October 8th

North Carolina Joins the Sweeping Trend.

North Carolina has passed a law requiring CPR training for graduation from High School.


There are now a handful of states who require CPR training before graduation, and the pace is accelerating, largely due to the AHA's activist role in encouraging states to adopt such legislation.

The number continues to grow. Way to go, AHA!

They are getting with the program...

First two paragraphs form focal Chicago report about Chicago Marathon: The successful defibrillation was treated almost with a yawn. That's super because it means that (a) there was a defibrillator on scene and there is a growing expectation that it will be there and used.


"Marathon runner suffers cardiac arrest but fewer rushed to hospitals


"One man suffered cardiac arrest in the last miles of the race, but cool weather kept injuries down in this year’s Bank of American Chicago Marathon, race officials said. The cool weather provided nearly ideal conditions for runners, and the men’s winner broke the course record.

October 7th

Marathon Runner Recovering After Cardiac Arrest

CHICAGO--A runner who suffered sudden cardiac arrest during Sunday's Bank of America Chicago Marathon collapsed within a block of a medical tent, marathon organizers said.

The 47-year-old man was approaching the 21st mile on the Near South Side when a medical school student and a doctor saw him collapse, Dr. George Chiampas, the marathon's medical director, said Monday.

The two marathon volunteers rushed to his side and saw that he was unresponsive, Chiampas said. One of them began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man, while the other went back to the tent for a defibrillator.

The volunteers shocked the man once to restart his heart. When he still wasn't breathing on his own, they shocked him a second time, Chiampas said. He became responsive after the second shock.

Check out this save!

The LA Times carried a story about an attorney who arrested and was saved by his staff members. See,0,83773....

Each of us as more than a ten percent chance of seeing - at least once in our lifetime - a family member, a friend, or an associate die of a cardiac arrest. When that happens, the victim is clinically dead, and will almost certainly stay dead unless someone sees that person die, calls 911, begins CPR, and - if one is available - promptly defibrillates the victim's heart with an AED.

When one of the possible outcomes of an event (for example, a cardiac arrest) is, in your mind, truly unacceptable, you need to view the odds of that happening as being 100% and prepare to deal with it when the arrest happens.

October 6th

University of Hawaii Swimmer Dies from Apparent Cardiac Arrest

"Peter" Frank ChiHONOLULU - "Peter" Frank Chi, a member of the University of Hawai'i men's swimming team, died October 6 from an apparent cardiac arrest. Chi, 19, was found unresponsive in his dorm room in the early morning hours and was admitted to Straub Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Asbury University Student Dies After Collapsing During Rugby Game on Campus

Jeff McMillanERLANGER, KY - The campus of Asbury University was shocked this weekend by the sudden death of a student just months away from graduation.

Jeff McMillan, 24, of Florence was playing in a pick-up rugby game on the Wilmore campus when he collapsed about 1:25 p.m. Saturday. Friends who said they were lifeguards performed CPR until an ambulance arrived, said Michael Hughes, Jessamine County coroner. Mr. McMillan was taken to St. Joseph Jessamine in Nicholasville, where Hughes pronounced Mr. McMillan dead about two hours after he collapsed.

Hughes said an autopsy was performed in Frankfort on Sunday, but no cause of death has been determined.

University of Wisconsin Officers Honored for Helping Save Freshman's Life

Ryan ChildMENOMONIE, WI - When Ryan Child's heart stopped, his legs buckled beneath him and he hit the sidewalk face first.

To his friend David Winger, walking with Child across the campus of University of Wisconsin-Stout on Sept. 13, it did not look good for Child, 18, a freshman from Lake Geneva.

But the two had luck on their side: Two campus police officers were walking out of a building some 200 feet away.

On Friday, at the UW Board of Regents meeting, those officers, Jason Spetz and Lisa Pederson, received a prolonged standing ovation for saving Child's life.

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