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January 26th

High School Referee Saved at High School Basketball Game

With about three minutes left to go in a tie game between the Raymond and Epping junior varsity girls' basketball game on Monday night, a referee collapsed on the gymnasium floor, unconscious and not breathing.

What happened next was nothing short of a miracle.

January 20th

MIT Fixes Malfunctioning AEDs

Two automated external defibrillators (AEDs), one in Building 16 and one in Building 4 at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), were out of order for a month starting in the middle of December. By Jan. 16, both machines were deemed fully functional.

Indiana Student Saved from Sudden Death

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Daniel Walls was like any other 8th grader on the basketball team at Chauncey Rose Middle School in Terre Haute when he collapsed January 3 in the middle of warm-ups. At first, it looked like a seizure. Then he stopped breathing and so did his pulse.

Coach Doug Stagg said he didn't even think as he grabbed the automated defibrillator from the gym wall just a few feet away.

Cultivating a Renewable Source of Rescuers

BISMARCK, N.D. - State legislators will soon consider a bill that will expand the successful Healthy Schools Pilot Program by training youths in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of defibrillators.

The bill's backers hope that when North Dakota students graduate, they'll know how to recognize cardiac arrest and keep victims alive until help arrives. Amy Walters, director of student services for the Southeast Education Cooperative, says the bill would fund four Healthy School coordinators for the regional education associations.

January 13th

Saving Young Hearts Donates 13 AEDs to Secondary Schools in Orange County, Florida


Orange County, Florida, secondary schools will be better prepared for life-threatening cardiac arrest situations thanks to a $20,000 donation from a non-profit organization that was announced Wednesday.

January 12th

Students Should Be Required to Undergo CPR-AED Training

CPR training and an overview of automated external defibrillators should be required for high school graduation, according to an American Heart Association advisory

Such mandatory training would rapidly increase the number of people ready to respond to sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the United States

January 11th

Wisconsin Student, 11, Saved at School by Custodian, School Nurse and Others

OMRO, Wis. -- An Omro girl is lucky to be alive all because three Omro School District employees acted quickly.

Two weeks ago, 11-year-old Amber Jahr nearly died. 

"We thought she recovered from the flu, but apparently the virus went into her heart," said her mother, Julie.

But Amber felt fine and went to school. Then, during her physical education class, Amber went into cardiac arrest.

"She was slumped up against the bleachers," Phy. Ed. teacher Joe Horvath.

Horvath acted quickly and called the school nurse and 911. Soon, first responders arrived including school custodian Don Schrauth who called for the automated external defibrillator outside the gym.

January 10th

Cardiac Survivors Take On Kilimanjaro and the Nation's Leading Killer

Group Aims to Raise Awareness about Heart Health through "My Climb," a Virtual Learning Experience

Remembering One Daughter, Protecting Another

ANAHEIM HILLS, CA — The Stuewe house is filled with framed photographs of two beautiful girls. In one photo, Melanie, 6 months old, sits on the back of her sister Shauna, who's 4 and a half. The other images show just how much they grew to resemble each other in their teens, with long, blonde hair and wide smiles.

On Thursday, Melanie turns 15, which means she's the big sister now.

January 4th

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.

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