Archive - 2008 - SCA Article

Archive - 2008 - SCA Article

April 17th

Pope Benedict XVI Accepts Gift of AED

April 17, 2008 –VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI personally accepted the gift of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from Gintaras Vaisnys and Fabio Rangoni, representatives of a U.S. defibrillator company.

Vaisnys and Rangoni met with the Pope at a recent papal audience where Vaisnys presented the AED while Rangoni explained to the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics how defibrillators can save victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

“Pope Benedict was genuinely interested and immediately grasped how a defibrillator can save lives,” Vaisnys said.

Vatican City is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations: approximately 17,000 visitors arrive each day to see St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Gardens and Grottos, and other attractions.

AEDs To Be Placed in East Baton Rouge Schools in Wake of Student Death

April 17, 2008–In a first for local schools, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will soon place in its high school athletic departments a dozen automated external defibrillators donated by area medical groups

The first of the devices will be donated to the School Board today in the memory of Glen Oaks High School student-athlete Shannon Veal, who died Feb. 18 after collapsing during a basketball game. The first automated external defibrillator, or AED, will go to Glen Oaks High.

After learning about Veal’s tragic death — believed to be caused by a heart condition, David Carmouche, MD, persuaded eight area medical groups to donate about $20,000 together to buy the 12 devices with the help of the Kiwanis civic organization.

April 16th

Blue Sky(s) Forever

Lee Curtes, Hartford, WI – 54 at time of event (2000)

Lee would find it hard to choose a better place to die. He was 12,000 feet up on top of Belle’s Camp with his skis on, looking at Vail’s Blue Sky Basin. Luckily, Lee gets to repeat the visit every year, and meet with the people who saved his life.

April 15th

The Sacred Heart Room

Linda Dickson, Florissant, MO – 36 at time of event (2007)

For Linda, it was a normal Thursday in March 2007, remarkable only for a nasty headache that lasted all day. It threatened to upset her Church board meeting that night, but not in the manner that it eventually did.

April 14th

A Silent Secret

Barbara Copeland, Pasadena, MD – 37 at time of event (1998)

Ten years ago, Barbara Copeland had a secret. It was so secret that not even she knew it. Her father may have, but he passed in the 1980s. Her first indication was an erratic heartbeat. The doctor told her she was suffering anxiety and to take some prescription pills. So she did, for several months.

April 13th

When "Regular Feels Weird"

Amanda Brown, Grand Canyon, AZ – 30 at time of event (2006)

Amanda is used to living on the edge—the edge of a crater. Actually, it was the south lip of the Grand Canyon. This small community is separated from the big smoke by a helicopter trip in emergencies. A normal Sunday evening after Thanksgiving quickly turned into a lifetime of surprises for Amanda. She had put the two girls to bed after they’d helped prepare the Christmas decorations, and remembers washing the dishes.

But, she woke up in Flagstaff Medical Center, and everything in between is merely hearsay to her. “And I can deny any of it,” she says in jest.

April 12th

My New Best Friend-An ICD

Tammy Reather, Broken Arrow, OK – 37 at time of event (October 23, 2007)

Tammy ReatherI am a healthy and young 37-year-old wife and Mom to six teens, and I am a nurse. On October 23, 2007, I was dropping off my girls at soccer practice when I experienced an SCA (sudden cardiac arrest). It was two weeks to the day since I lost my Dad.

Two women came to my van when the engine was revving and noticed I was unresponsive. A doctor just happened to be walking by and he removed me from the van and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. It took four shocks with a defibrillator to bring me back.

April 11th

Amen to AEDs!

Rose Marie Stallbaumer, Atchinson, KS – 60 at the time of event (August 18, 2007)

My SCA happened on August 18, 2007, while I was attending the wedding of my nephew in Marysville, Kansas. I had been asked by the wedding couple to be the lector at their wedding liturgy. The wedding ceremony began as scheduled. When it was time, I went to the lectern to do the reading. As I reached the last sentence the print blurred and I realized that I could not decipher the words. That was my last memory at the church. I awoke in the emergency room of the Marysville Hospital.

April 10th

A Personal Crusade

Kristin Hamelin, Edmond, OK – 37 at the time of event (2007)

On the evening of March 21, 2007, I was feeling extremely exhausted. As a 37-year-old mother of a three-year-old and a nine-month old, I was frequently tired so I didn't think much of it. I went to bed that night and don’t remember anything until five days later­—and even these memories are fuzzy at best. I actually suffered SCA (sudden cardiac arrest) in my sleep.

My husband—who was supposed to be working that night and at the last minute changed his work schedule—heard a strange gasping sound, came into our bedroom, and found me in our bed unresponsive and turning blue. He immediately called 9-1-1 and began CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The emergency responders arrived and used drugs and the AED (automated external defibrillator) to get my heart beating again. I received four shocks before my heart started beating.

April 9th

My Miracle Story

Keith White, Cincinnati, OH ­– 52 at the time of event (September 18, 2004)

I was an active field hockey coach and I was attending a dinner dance to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our church, Immaculate Heart of Mary, when I suddenly collapsed in front of the band. My wife called for help and an off-duty firefighter, Assistant Chief Tom Riemar, who also happened to be present at the dance was summoned. He performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for about five minutes, together with some nurses who were also at the dinner dance.

One of the church staff members noticed the firefighter performing CPR and asked what was going on. He revealed that I was in SCA (sudden cardiac arrest) and was awaiting the Life Squad. She told him that the church had just received an AED (automated external defibrillator). He asked her to fetch it and then he used the AED to shock me to bring me back to life.

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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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