Someone recently wrote to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and asked us why we do what we do. Why do we work so hard to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives? Why don’t we just accept the concept of letting people die naturally when it is their time?
This question is thought-provoking, but troubling. Yes, sudden cardiac death may be a painless way to go. Still, victims could have many years ahead of them to enjoy their families and other loved ones. And, we suspect, they would prefer to be with them on earth for a much longer time.
Just think of the lifetime events afforded to survivors…getting to see a son’s college graduation, a daughter’s wedding, the birth of a grandchild, and traveling to new destinations.
We do what we do because sudden cardiac arrest is a treatable condition. With quick intervention with CPR and use of defibrillators, life can be restored. All it takes is a few people nearby who care and know how to help.
Our growing community of sudden cardiac arrest survivors is a testament to the fact that life after sudden cardiac death is something to be cherished beyond all measure.
And so, we celebrate every life saved from sudden cardiac arrest. Especially during National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October.