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January 25th

High School Football Coach Dies from SCA

Ryan Daniel, 30, who also taught special education students, had the heart attack before the arrival of students, the district said.

Daniel was a Buford High graduate who returned to the school nearly five years ago to teach and coach after graduating from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., where he played football.

“It’s been a day of grieving,” Buford High Athletic Director Dexter Wood told the AJC. “He left a rich, rich legacy of love for this place and love for people.”

January 24th

Colorado Bill Would Make CPR-AED Training a Requirement for Graduation from High School

Colorado students would have to know CPR and how to operate automated external defibrillators in order to graduate from high school under a new bill introduced Wednesday.

Senate Bill 12-098 would require all schools with high school students to offer student training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillators.

Students would have to successfully complete the training to graduate from high school. The State Board of Education would be required to issue regulations for the program, including monitoring and compliance. The state also would establish a grant-supported fund to help districts with costs of such training.

The idea is expected to face opposition from several segments of the education lobby, primarily because it would impose a mandate without state funding and because it can been seen as imposing on local control of graduation requirements.

January 19th

SCA Survivor and H.S. Basketball Star Returns to the Court

MINNEAPOLIS--Almost exactly a year after collapsing on the court with cardiac arrest, Perham (Minn.) High basketball star Zach Gabbard made an emotional return to compete in his first varsity basketball game of the 2011-12 season.

As noted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Fargo-Moorhead Forum, Gabbard was brought in during the closing minutes of Perham's 81-23 walloping of Park Rapids (Minn.) High on Tuesday, earning his first game action since collapsing on court during a game against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (Minn.) High in early 2011.

"There was a standing ovation from both crowds," Perham coach Dave Cresap told the Forum. "It was awesome. My emotions were scared, because I am responsible for him being out there, but I was also filled with joy."

January 10th

Nick of Time Foundation Conducts Heart Screenings

BOTHELL, WA--It is unthinkable that two seemingly healthy high school students would collapse and die from sudden cardiac arrest, yet that's exactly what's happened.

In just the past month, two Washington teenagers died from sudden cardiac arrest.

Cody Sherrell, a 14-year-old from La Center, collapsed at basketball practice and later died.

And a month earlier, 15-year-old John Hayes suffered cardiac arrest on the school bus on the way home from Richland High School.

Stories like those spur on volunteers from the Nick of Time Foundation, named for another seemingly healthy teenager who died from a heart condition.

On Wednesday they hosted a heart screening clinic at Bothell High School.

Mom Kerry Godwin was there, looking on anxiously as her son, Connor, had an echocardiogram.

"Hoping that it's normal and it comes out normal," she said during the ultrasound.

January 5th

NJ Student Collapses in Teacher's Arms, Dies from SCA

PARAMUS, NJ--A Paramus High School junior who asked to visit the nurse Thursday afternoon during social studies class collapsed in his teacher’s arms and later died at an area hospital, the superintendent said Friday.

The flag at the main entrance of the high school is at half mast. “Our hearts and condolences go out to the family,” said Superintendent of Schools Joseph Lupo who became choked up during a press conference to discuss the teen’s death. “I can’t imagine the pain of losing a 
child.”

Eric Micheo, 18, who seemed well and was participating in a discussion on political cartoons, approached his teacher at about 1:30 p.m. asking for a pass to visit the school nurse, Lupo said.

January 4th

Montana High School Student Brought Back to Life by Staff

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont.- A Columbia Falls High School student collapsed after his heart failed earlier this week, but some quick action brought him back to life.

The 16-year-old student is now recovering in the Intensive Care Unit at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after collapsing during gym class at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

School staff began performing CPR to save his life and then several people, including the athletic trainer and nurse, began using a defibrillator to shock the student and get him breathing.

January 3rd

Foundation Provides Heart Screenings in Memory of Quinn Driscoll

VANCOUVER, WA--Scott Driscoll knows all too well what 14-year-old Cody Sherrell’s family is going through. Sherrell collapsed and went into cardiac arrest Tuesday afternoon while playing basketball at La Center Middle School. Scott and Kelly Driscoll’s son, 13-year-old Quinn Driscoll, died in June 2009 after going into cardiac arrest while running around the school track during gym class.

Before word of Sherrell’s medical emergency made its way across the county, Scott Driscoll had heard the news that another young athlete was fighting for his life. Sherrell was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland. The cause of Sherrell’s cardiac arrest and his prognosis is unknown.

High School Student Saved by AED

RICHLAND, WA -- Jeremy Brewer doesn't remember much about the day he collapsed, only that it started out just like any other. "We were walking down the street," he says. "Having fun, making jokes. And we came down by the gym, and when we walked up the steps, I collapsed."

It was lunchtime at the school. Students were milling around everywhere. But it was Jeremy's two friends who knew immediately something wasn't right. "My friend Kale ran and got help, and my friend Joe stayed with me," Brewer recalls. But his memory ends there.

It's officials at the school who fill in gaps from there, saying the next two minutes after he collapsed literally saved his life. It was the football coach, who grabbed the defibrillator off the wall in the gym and rushed to Jeremy's side--a device the school had just acquired in September.

Bystanders Use CPR to Save 14-Year-Old

VANCOUVER, WA--No one saw 14-year-old Cody Sherrell hit the floor during basketball practice at La Center Middle School Tuesday night. But Dr. Mark Banks, a pediatric intensivist at Legacy Emanuel Hospital’s Randall Children’s Hospital said at a news conference today that it was the immediate response of bystanders performing CPR that kept Cody alive.

Paramedics were called to the gym at the school at around 5:15 p.m. “It was their early recognition, and their aggressive and effective use of CPR, and later the use of an AED (automatic external defibrillator) that allowed him to be with us here,” Banks said.

When Banks said “here,” he meant, still alive. Sherrell remains in critical condition, but is showing signs of improvement, Banks said: “We’re most concerned about what effect this had on his brain.” Banks said it took paramedics and doctors one hour to return Sherrell’s heart to a regular rhythm.

January 2nd

AED Used to Save 42-Year-Old Man at School Basketball Game

ROSWELL, GA — Sam Hungerbuhler, of Cumming, was attending a basketball game for his stepson at Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell when the players started going to the ceiling.

At least that's what Hungerbuhler, 42, thought was happening.

"I was sitting there watching the kids going to the ceiling, but at the same time I was like 'Why are the kids going to the ceiling?'"

That was Hungerbuhler, 5-foot-5-inches tall and 160 pounds, passing out from a heart attack.

Hungerbuhler, a respiratory therapist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite, was in luck.

His wife, Trish, is a nurse at Children's and knew that Queen of Angels is equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine that tells users how many shocks are needed while medics are dispatched.

The game stopped, and game attendees stood around the edge of the basketball court saying prayers.

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