Archive - Jan 3, 2012 - Campaign Article

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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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