Archive - May 2012 - Campaign Article

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May 30th

Pennsylvania Enacts First Law in Nation to Protect Student Athletes From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

NORRISTOWN, PA—To the applause of a school auditorium filled with families who have lost their children to sudden cardiac arrest and families whose children’s lives have been saved by preventive heart screenings, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Rep. Mike Vereb’s (R-Montgomery) House Bill 1610, making Pennsylvania the first state in the country to enact a law protecting student athletes from the potentially fatal condition. 

May 24th

Tragedy Averted as Coaches and Nurses Save Boy on Baseball Field

Sean Neely, 12, was playing catcher when he was hit in chest by a foul ball

Sean Neely, 12, was playing catcher when he was hit in chest by a foul ball

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ--Sean Neely, 12, is alive today because of the lifesaving efforts of two Freehold Township, New Jersey, Little League coaches and other volunteers who came to the child’s aid during a baseball game at Michael J. Tighe Park, Freehold Township, on May 12.

Sean was playing catcher for the Rangers in a game against the Blue Jays and was wearing a chest protector that was properly fitted, officials said. During the top of the fourth inning, a ball was fouled off by a batter, and it struck Sean in the chest, sending him into cardiac arrest.

A quick response from Sean’s coaches Steve Crowley and Mike Schlessinger, who initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), along with help from Maureen Gugliotta and Sue Portaleos (both nurses), brought Sean back to life, according to his parents, Tom and Candy Neely.

May 22nd

PA Governor Tom Corbett to Sign HB 1610 into Law

HARRISBURG – Legislation marking Pennsylvania as the first state in the country to protect student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest is now on its way to the governor, as Rep. Mike Vereb’s (R-Montgomery) House Bill 1610 today passed through the General Assembly with minimal debate. 

“Sudden cardiac arrest syndrome is a force to be reckoned with and I’m glad my colleagues agree that my legislation is needed to raise more awareness about this potentially fatal disease,” said Vereb. “For instance, earlier this month, 26-year-old Alexander Dale Oen, a world champion swimmer who was one of Norway’s top medal hopes for the London Olympics, died during training camp because of sudden cardiac arrest.” 

May 14th

Parents: Beware of the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

INDIANAPOLIS -- The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning parents about the risk of sudden cardiac arrest in children. 

Pediatric sudden cardiac arrest kills nearly 2,000 people under the age of 25 every year, according to the AAP.

Dr. Randall Caldwell, director of pediatric cardiology at Riley Hospital for Children, says that screening children for heart problems early on can save lives down the road.

"If you take a look at those 2,000 patients (who died), about 56 percent are going to be related to a death from some cardiovascular problems," he said. "That's why we want to make sure we screen those children and take care of those type of problems."

Caldwell said Riley treats about 30 new children each week complaining of chest pain, but only about 3 to 5 percent of them are found to have a heart issue.

May 4th

NJ Bills Mandate Better Cardiac Screening for Student Athletes

State Sen. Fred Madden (D-Gloucester, Camden) on Thursday introduced three bills implementing the recommendations of the New Jersey Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force, which issued a report last month advocating better cardiac screening of student athletes to prevent sudden death from undiagnosed heart conditions.

The task force did not recommend that all student athletes get an EKG, but advocated gathering a complete, accurate family history to identify student athletes at risk from hereditary cardiac conditions. It also endorsed better training for clinicians so they can identify heart problems during a sports physical.

May 2nd

Minnesota High Schools Will Be Required to Provide CPR-AED Training

Minnesota high schools will be required to provide CPR training, starting in 2014.

The law, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on April 23, would require all school districts to provide training of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator instruction as part of the curriculum in grades 7-12. Students will receive hands-on training at least once before they graduate.

The previous version of the law only encouraged schools to provide training. Students won’t be required to be CPR-certified under the bill, however.

Justin Bell, government relations director for the American Heart Association in Minnesota, said the organization had been one of the largest supporters of the bill.

“We think it’s a fantastic bill,” he said.

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