Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

June 2nd

Helping Children Play Safely in Sports

Millions of children participate in organized sports, activities that are important to their social and physical development. While sports also may place children at risk of injuries, most are preventable if participants, their parents and their coaches heed some well-researched safety measures.

May 28th

Heart Scare Prompts Push for Defibrillators at Youth Sports Venues

LAS VEGAS, NV--Some quick thinking, a good response time and a lot of luck kept one boy’s heart beating and inspired a mother to push for change.

Adam Afromsky loves soccer, so when his team, the Las Vegas Sports Academy 98 Boys Red, went to the state championship last year on Mother’s Day, he was excited.

“It was a normal day,” Adam recalled. “I felt nervous, other than that everything was fine.”

Five minutes into the game, that excitement turned to panic when Adam collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest.

An emergency room doctor and a nurse on adjacent fields rushed over after hearing his mother’s panicked screams. They administered CPR to the unconscious boy until Emergency Medical Services could respond.

“We were lucky, because every minute counts,” Melanie Afromsky, Adam’s mother, said. “Adam is an athlete. He is a healthy boy. We never expected for this to happen.”

May 20th

High School Staff Honored for Saving Pregnant Teacher

HOUSTON, TX--When a pregnant teacher in Texas collapsed, her coworkers rushed to help. The woman technically died, gave birth and then was brought back to life.

Erica Nigrelli, 32, an English teacher at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, collapsed in a co-worker's classroom when she was 36 weeks pregnant.

"Apparently I told her, 'I feel very faint,' and I put my head down and I essentially just passed out," Erica Nigrelli said.

Erica's husband, Nathan, is also a teacher at Elkins.

"I opened the door and walked in and Erica was laying on the floor," he said.

Erica Nigrelli's heart had stopped. Some co-workers started CPR and used a defibrillator to get it working again. They kept her alive until paramedics came and rushed her to the hospital.

May 14th

Keep Youth Sports Safety Top of Mind: Guidelines from National Athletic Trainers Association

DALLAS, TX–With the spring sports season well underway and summer preseason practices and youth league games around the corner, young athletes are already enjoying warm weather activities and competition. “Every team and athlete should have sports safety as a top priority,” says Larry Cooper, chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Secondary School Committee and head athletic trainer at Penn Trafford (Pa.) High School. “It’s vital for coaches, athletic trainers, parents and the athletes themselves to maintain good communication and follow guidelines to ensure all participants are fit for play.” 

Keep Youth Sports Safety Top of Mind: Guidelines from National Athletic Trainers Association

DALLAS, TX–With the spring sports season well underway and summer preseason practices and youth league games around the corner, young athletes are already enjoying warm weather activities and competition. “Every team and athlete should have sports safety as a top priority,” says Larry Cooper, chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Secondary School Committee and head athletic trainer at Penn Trafford (Pa.) High School. “It’s vital for coaches, athletic trainers, parents and the athletes themselves to maintain good communication and follow guidelines to ensure all participants are fit for play.” 

May 10th

Hidden Threats to Young Athletes

In February, hundreds of youth sports safety advocates convened at a Washington hotel. They were determined to talk about something other than concussions, a counterintuitive ambition considering the rampant worry about the effects of head trauma in young athletes.

But the Washington group knew something most do not: the No. 1 killer of young athletes is sudden cardiac arrest, typically brought on by a pre-existing, detectable condition that could have been treated. Another substantial yet hidden lethal threat is heat stroke, a condition considered completely preventable.

May 8th

New Law Says Washington State High School Students Must Learn CPR

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed SHB 1556 into law today ensuring that all high school students receive CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training before they graduate.  SHB 1556 will make CPR education part of health class and will create a new generation of lifesavers according to the many groups supporting the bill.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 360,000 people in the United States suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, and only 9.5% survive, often because they don’t receive timely CPR. Bystander CPR, when given right away, can double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival.

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.

Mission & Vision

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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