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Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche - SCA Survivor Story

July 1st, 2007 was a typical opening day at Woodruff Scout Reservation near Blairsville, Georgia. More than 900 scouts and 100 leaders were arriving to start a summer week full of fun activities. As Scoutmaster of Troop 182 in Jacksonville, Florida, I was proud to be part of 25 scouts and 8 adults going to camp. We had spent a couple of months planning this week and the boys were excited about this trip. For the first time in my adult Scouting time, my wife Flor was coming to a summer camp. I convinced her that spiders were not going to enter our tent thanks to our mosquito net.

I am sharing this personal story based on a recollection of testimonies from my wife, sons, scouts, and other adults. As you will read in the next paragraphs, I was not able to remember any of the events that happened that day. I lost seven days of my memory but the outcome of this story has allowed me to say that I am a double-blessed Scoutmaster.

January 20th

The Target Case Attracts a Crowd: Update on an Important AED Case

In the case of Verdugo v. Target, the California Supreme Court is considering whether there is a common law duty requiring commercial property owners in the state to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available for use in situations involving sudden cardiac arrest. A number of outside parties on both sides of the question have now filed additional briefs setting the stage for some very interesting oral arguments (not yet scheduled) before the Supreme Court. This is one of the most important AED cases to come along and has the potential to profoundly affect public access defibrillation in the U.S.

January 1st

2 questions :)

Hi there! I am a 27 year old woman who suffered a SCA October 24th, 2013. My doctors are not sure what caused it since every test on my heart has checked out so they are leaning towards a pulmonary embolism as the cause but can't be 100% sure.

My first question is... has anyone received the new S-ICD from Boston Scientific? This Friday I go in for surgery for placement of the device. I've searched the net for others who have this device but I haven't came across anyone. I'm wondering what others have experienced after getting it.

My second question is... has anyone else had knee pain after being shocked by an AED? I never had knee pain before this. I've had all kinds of tests done on them, x-rays, MRI, CT scan, ect. and everything came back fine. My doctor suspects the shock injured my knees and that they will get better with time. It's been a little over 2 months and they are getting better but very slowly.

Thank you all for your time!

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