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April 30th

Parents of Tennessee State Student File Wrongful Death Suit

The parents of Wayne Jones III, the Tennessee State football player who died last season after collapsing on the practice field, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university.

Wayne Jones Jr. and Sonya Johns are seeking $5 million in damages.

The suit claims the football coaches and trainers failed to provide adequate care for their son, a walk-on redshirt freshman defensive back, after he suffered cardiac arrest shortly after the non-contact practice began on Nov. 7.

"No assistance was provided to him, and an unreasonable period of time elapsed before anyone approached him or attempted to provide any help," according to the lawsuit.

April 29th

Mother's Day Marks One Year Since Las Vegas Youth Survived SCA

Mother’s day will mark the first anniversary of 15-year-old Adam Afromsky’s sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Last year, Adam Afromsky was playing in his soccer team’s State Cup semi-finals, when he collapsed on the field. Trainers, coaches and spectators thought he was having a seizure. However, a CPR & AED trained bystander happened to be close by and immediately recognized the signs of SCA . 911 was called and bystander CPR was performed for five minutes until EMS crews arrived. On arrival, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue shocked Adam twice with an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restart his heart. He was transported to Summerlin Medical center for emergency care. 

Doctors were unable to find anything wrong with Adam’s heart. He now has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and has resumed all normal teenage activity. Adam will be competing in the State Cup Soccer championship again this year.

April 24th

Utah State's Danny Berger Ready to Pay It Forward

Facing death can teach a man a lot about life.

That’s been the case for Danny Berger, the 6-foot-6 Utah State forward who collapsed and nearly died during a basketball practice last December.

Thanks to the quick actions of trainer Mike Williams and a host of others, along with a series of timely events, Berger lived.

Many, including the 22-year-old, believe his survival was a miracle.

Since then, the junior from Medford, Ore., has continued to ponder what happened, considering the blessings received and discovering the lessons learned. Others, including Williams, Berger’s father, Brian, and his LDS bishop, have also gained new perspective on life as a result of Berger’s experience.

In an effort to pay it forward, Berger continues to share his story to raise awareness about the importance of automated external defibrillators, a device that saved his life.

April 22nd

ECG Worthwhile for Pre-Sports Check Up

ROME -- Screening students before participation in sports with an electrocardiogram to pick up potentially deadly cardiac problems is worthwhile, two European studies argued.

A pre-sports participation exam that included a 12-lead ECG turned up group 2 findings in 7.8% of young people, 0.44% of whom had pathology confirmed on further work-up, Jakir Ullah, MD, of St. George's University of London, and colleagues found.

Self-reported symptoms weren't useful, as 40% reported them but none turned out related to cardiac pathology, the group reported here at the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation's EuroPRevent meeting.

April 18th

NCAA-Funded Study Supports Screening NCAA Athletes for Sudden Cardiac Death Risk

SAN DIEGO, CA — A new NCAA funded research study supports the addition of electrocardiogram (ECG) screening to the standardized pre-participation exams for athletes to better identify cardiac abnormalities that lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD) – the leading cause of death in athletes during sport.

Jonathan Drezner, MD, President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), along with a team of researchers from the University of Washington, presented their results from a recent study that was commissioned by the NCAA, entitled “Electrocardiographic Screening in NCAA Athletes: A Multicenter Feasibility Trial in Division I Programs” last Friday at the annual meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine in San Diego, Calif.

April 9th

Oregon Bill Aims to Prevent Student-Athlete Deaths

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon lawmakers have begun considering a bill intended to save the lives of young athletes who are hit in the chest by a baseball or other objects and go into cardiac arrest.

The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee on Tuesday heard from the parents of a young boy who died after being hit in the chest with a football.
The bill would require that a defibrillator be located within a one-minute walk of playgrounds and sports fields.
Under current law, all public schools must have at least one automated external defibrillator on campus. Oregon law also requires that schools keep defibrillators in health clubs, and places of public assembly such as auditoriums and gymnasiums.



Teen Talks About 8 Minutes of Death

VANCOUVER, WA -- Heidi Stewart was dead for eight minutes on February 12 when she passed out and her heart stopped in school.

Now she wants to share her amazing story of survival and thank the heroes who came to her rescue.

Heidi was working with her leadership class to decorate the halls on the day she collapsed. She remembers feeling dizzy and walking to the office to get help.

Right as she was opening the door, she passed out and suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Evergreen High School's secretary radioed for help.

Then the school nurse, Debbie Fowler, grabbed an automated external defibrillator and shocked Heidi three times.

After about eight minutes, Heidi's heart started beating again. Heidi said she doesn’t recall any sort of out-of-body experiences, or bright lights - just a lot of nothing.

April 1st

Nebraska Bill Would Require CPR for High School Graduation

LINCOLN, NE--Nebraska Sen. Bill Avery has introduced Legislative Bill 365, which directs that all students enrolled in a Nebraska high school complete an instructional program on basic first aid, CPR and operation of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and successfully pass a written test. 

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