Archive - 2012 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2012 - Campaign Article

September 7th

Childhood Friendship Lives On

Brett Kuhn

Brett Kuhn, Mt Pleasant, MI – 18 at time of event (2010)

Brett and Chris have been buddies from a young age. They have had their differences, over football that is. Brett was a Chippewa (Central MI) and that day they were playing the Broncos (Western MI). Chris is a Spartan (MI State) but that didn’t stop him from saving Brett’s life later that night in an unusual emergency. A fit and healthy eighteen-year-old track and field star isn’t supposed to drop down dead at an after game party!

Third Time's A Charm

When Erin Cancro dropped off her daughters at school Thursday morning, it hit her just how close she had come to losing her father.

That's because her dad, Peter Clarke, 61, of Smithtown, had collapsed in cardiac arrest during drop-off Wednesday morning at Trinity Regional School in East Northport -- only to be saved by two off-duty police officers, an off-duty firefighter and a school nurse using an automated external defibrillator.

That defibrillator was hanging on a wall within arm's reach of where Clarke collapsed face-first onto the floor. The emergency responders -- Northport Village police Officer Pete Howard, MTA police Lt. Alex Lindsay and Greenlawn Fire Department advanced life support provider Mario Geddes -- all were dropping off their children and stood within feet of Clarke.

September 5th

Defibrillator "A Beautiful Thing" Says AED Advocate

In the eyes of Karen Acompora, the use of a defibrillator to save the life of a Smithtown man who went into cardiac arrest at an East Northport school reaffirms her family's advocacy for AEDs in schools, and is further testament to her son's legacy.

Acompora said the latest save brings to 62 the number of such stories she's collected since the implementation in 2002 of Louis' Law, named for her 14-year-old son who died two years earlier playing lacrosse. A goalie wearing the required chest protector, Louis Acompora was hit in the chest by a ball, which caused him to go into cardiac arrest. There was no defibrillator on the scene.

July 27th

Youth Heart Watch at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Offers Heart Screenings to Philadelphia Youth

PHILADELPHIA--Philadelphia's recreation centers offer city youth a place to gather and, for many, a place to play and hone their skills. They also are places where the greatest tragedies can occur – sudden cardiac arrest. In an effort to reduce such devastating events as losing a child to sudden cardiac arrest, Youth Heart Watch from the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, an affiliate of Project ADAM®, hosted a heart screening today, in cooperation with two city recreation centers, to diagnose underlying heart conditions in young athletes.

CPR Training Becomes Mandatory for High School Graduation in North Carolina

RALEIGH -- Gov. Bev Perdue has signed into law a bill that requires North Carolinians to complete a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training course in order to graduate from high school.

The requirement has been on the books since 1997, but it has never been compulsory or documented.

The graduating class of 2015 will be the first held to the standard set under House Bill 837.

Perdue was alongside the bill’s co-sponsors – Reps. Becky Carney, D-Mecklenburg, and Carolyn Justice, R-Pender – when she signed the bill at the Capitol this week.

There was little opposition when the bill passed during the final days of the legislative session, and many education leaders have voiced support in the weeks since.

Some districts have long provided the training to students and will expand on existing programs.

July 24th

LQTS Need Not Be a Sports Disqualifier

Participation in competitive sports by people with long QT syndrome -- a genetic abnormality in the heart's electrical system -- has been a matter of debate among physicians. Current guidelines disqualify most LQTS patients from almost every sport. In a first-of-its-kind study, Mayo Clinic's LQTS Clinic recently examined its own experience, determining the outcome of LQTS patients who chose to remain athletes against guideline recommendations. The study is published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In the study, the records of 353 LQTS patients ages 6 to 40 who were evaluated at Mayo Clinic between July 2000 and November 2010 were reviewed to determine which patients chose to continue athletic participation after LQTS diagnosis and LQTS-related events.

July 8th

PA Law Aims to Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Her father’s death at age 26 from sudden cardiac arrest automatically put Janel Simmers into a high-risk category that meant close surveillance by a cardiologist and yearly heart screenings. 

At age 13, after a screening picked up a problem, she was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — thickening of the walls of the heart — and not allowed to play sports anymore. 

July 5th

Autopsy Ends Mystery: Cardiac Arrest Killed Standout High School Senior

SAN DIEGO--Sudden cardiac arrest, possibly the result of a genetic condition, caused the death of 17-year-old Rancho Bernardo High School senior and class president David Hu in January, according to the teen's autopsy report made available Friday.

No drugs or alcohol were found in the teen's system and there was "no indication of any illicit drug or alcohol use" in his bedroom, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's report said.

Hu, who was slated to be valedictorian and had received a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT, was found unresponsive  in his bed at home on the morning of January 5. Hu's 13-year-old brother, Kevin, woke up when he heard David yelling just before 5 a.m. After looking into his brother's room and hearing him moaning, Kevin got his parents who came and found the teen's lips blue and white, the report said.

July 2nd

Study Suggests Echocardiography is Fiscally Responsible Way to Screen Student Athletes for Risk of Sudden Death

A new study suggests that echocardiography be included as part of screenings to help identify student athletes with heart problems that could lead to sudden death. 

The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study, presented July 1 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Echocardiography, suggests adding a modified echo to the current practice of taking an EKG, getting a family history and having a physical exam. 

June 24th

NJ Senate Passes “Janet’s Law” Requiring AEDs at School Sports Events

The New Jersey Senate has approved “Janet’s Law” sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) to prevent student-athlete deaths due to cardiac arrest.

This initiative, introduced four years ago by Singer in the memory of Janet Zilinski, requires public and private schools to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on school grounds with trained operators at sports events.

“Janet’s Law is a long time coming and a relatively small requirement for New Jersey’s schools to prevent tragic deaths,” said Singer, R-Monmouth, Ocean. “While we continue to hope such tragedies are rare, as in Janet’s case, the unpredictable can strike at any moment like during a jog at cheerleading practice. Swift access to AEDs can mean the difference between life and death.”

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