Archive - Feb 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - Feb 2013 - Campaign Article

February 25th

Students Mourn Sudden Death of 16-Year-Old Swimmer

LOS ANGELES--Classmates of a Harvard-Westlake swimmer who died last week after collapsing in the school pool are expected to honor the 16-year-old junior at an assembly on Monday.

Initial autopsy results indicated that Justin Carr suffered from cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle that can result in sudden cardiac arrest, according to a statement from the school. He died Friday. Paramedics were called to the school pool after Carr collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Jeanne M. Huybrechts, head of Harvard-Westlake, sent an email to parents informing them of Carr's passing.

February 24th

Alamo Colleges Remove Campus AEDs

SAN ANTONIO--Alamo Colleges has removed all automated external defibrillators from its campuses after administrators decided the life-saving devices were not being used properly.

The devices were removed during the summer of 2012. The decision was not made public until Monday, after KENS 5 contacted the colleges' media relations department.

"I don't think that's good, that's for emergency purposes," said second-year San Antonio College student Katie Sundberg.

A spokesperson for the five campuses said most of the AEDs were not properly maintained and staff members had not been trained how to use them correctly.

Alamo Colleges owns between 13 -16 AEDs, which usually cost between $1,000 and $3,000 each.

Texas passed a law in 2007 requiring AEDs at all elementary, middle and high schools. The law does not apply to public colleges.

February 19th

Legislation Aims to Give Life to Defibrillators in PA Public Schools

PHILADELPHIA--A bill is being introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate that would require an automated external defibrillator in all public school buildings in the Keystone state.

It’s a result of the hard work and grassroots effort of a Chester County resident whose seven-year old son died of sudden cardiac arrest in September 2010.

Steven Silva is Aidan’s father, and he says this bill will go hand in hand with the law that requires that all student athletes showing signs or symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest being pulled from competition.

Silva says “It makes sense to State Senator Andy Dinniman who had no trouble finding eight co-sponsors for this bill.”

Maryland Legislators Introduce Hands-Only CPR School Requirement

BALTIMORE--Brianna Sudano credited CPR for saving her life. The 16-year-old suffered cardiac arrest after a field hockey game.

"Fortunately, the coaches immediately recognized that there was something wrong and they started CPR immediately. We were also very fortunate that there were three parents in the stands who were nurses who also came down. So, between the five of them, they performed CPR," said Rebecca Sudano, Brianna's mother.

Some Maryland legislators, with help from the American Heart Association, want hands-only CPR training for high school students as a graduation requirement.

February 18th

AZ Lawmaker: Require CPR Training for Secondary School Students

PHOENIX--When Shellie Wenhold’s 9-year-old son Jonathan suffered cardiac arrest during gym class at his Georgia school, neither his teacher nor his classmates knew what to do in those critical first moments, she said. Wenhold is convinced that if someone nearby had been trained on when and how to perform perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), rather than just calling for help, her son would be alive today.

“What I learned with Jonathan about the need for more people to know CPR was that if we wait for emergency medical services to arrive it’s just going to be too late,” she said. “No EMS response time is fast enough to get there before brain damage occurs.”

February 14th

Bill to Fund CPR Education in Utah Schools Narrowly Advances

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to ensure students receive instruction on CPR and other lifesaving emergency procedures split the House Education Committee on Wednesday, drawing discussion on the proper role of government and the earmarking of funds. 

HB307 ultimately passed the committee by a single vote, 7-6. The bill calls for $200,000 of the state education budget to be set aside for CPR and lifesaving training, and mandates that such training be a component of the state's health education curriculum.

Emergency lifesaving procedures already are part of the Utah core curriculum, said Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Salt Lake City, the bill's sponsor, but because of a lack of funding, many schools — particularly those in rural areas — have discontinued the practice.

February 12th

A Love Story

CHARLESTON, SC— It was just weeks before Christmas and 22-year-old Justin Repshas was cramming for final exams. He needed to let off a little steam so he went for a run. His feet pounded the streets of downtown Charleston. He felt good.

But that's the last thing he remembers.

"The next thing I knew I woke up in the hospital after being in a medically induced coma for two days," said Repshas.

Justin's girlfriend Jocelyn Bradley was frantic. She had dropped him off at his apartment around 4 p.m. They were supposed to meet at the library to study. He hadn't returned her texts or calls. It was now nearly 8 p.m.

"I just had this weird gut feeling. I just can't sit here anymore. I can't even concentrate," said Bradley.

Heart Screening Saves Lives

Until 2004, Darla Varrenti was like any other mother, shuttling her four kids to after-school sporting events and making sure they had the right equipment. Like most parents, she hadn’t given much thought to her children’s heart health … that is, until her son Nick died of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) on Labor Day.

Nick of Time

A year later, she was on a mission to prevent other parents from having to go through the heartache she and her family suffered following Nick’s death. She does that through the Nick of Time Foundation, an organization that holds heart screenings for high-school-aged kids and aims to build awareness for pediatric heart issues.

February 11th

New PA Legislation Aims to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Deaths

PITTSBURGH — Lifelong hockey player Josh Singleton died in 2003 as he was coming up the steps at home — a sudden cardiac death.

“He really loved the sports,” his mother Dawn said. “He was very, very athletic.”

He was a student at Robert Morris University and the only child of Clarence and Dawn Singleton. He was 20 years old.

“They did an autopsy on him,” Dawn Singleton said. “It came back he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.”

There was no clear warning his heart was dangerously enlarged — a genetic condition. Even needing to take shorter shifts during hockey games didn’t signal his coaches, or even his doctors, to check further.

Six-Year-Old Survives SCA Because School Had Plan

Four years ago, Joe Quigley got the call that his 6-year-old daughter, Olivia, had suddenly collapsed at East Boston Central Catholic School after doing gym class warm-ups, running around playing ball with her first-grade classmates.

"You dread getting that phone call from the school. I remember every word," said Quigley, a 52-year-old stay-at-home father by day and a bartender by night. "I knew it wasn't just that she fell over and hurt her leg. It was something serious."

When Quigley arrived at the school, Olivia was lying on the floor surrounded by EMTs. He said the little girl, who had never been ill beyond the "usual coughs and colds," had suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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