Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Is Your School Prepared?

By Jonathan Drezner, MD A tragedy occurred in our community July 24th when Allen Harris, a student-athlete at Federal Way High School, suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during a preseason football workout. Harris was 16 when he died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart… Read More

Why Friday the 13th Will Always Be MY Lucky Day

My survivor story: I am a semi retired self employed businesssman who with my wife own a few laundromats in Lehigh Valley, PA. Due to the normal business functions at both facilities on Fridays getting ready for the weekends, we generally split up and try to get both done simultaneously so as not… Read More

My Story of Survival

4-6 Minutes: The Story of How CPR/AED Training for School Personnel Saved My Life My Story On February 1st, 2018, I began my day the same way that most administrators do: with a meeting. In fact, my morning was full of meetings, most of which I made it to, the last of which, I did not. When I… Read More


I have Type 3 LONG-QT Syndrome Cardiac Arrest on January 17, 2012, January 21, 2016, January 20, 2018. I had my third experience of cardiac arrest this year. Of course I remember each Near-Death-Experience, but that is not what I am seeking here. What keeps me seeking answers is during those three… Read More

Life after Death

I have no memory of Sunday, May 21, 2017, and I’m lucky to be alive. Similar to other Sundays during the spring, I was playing softball in the Chesapeake and Potomac Softball (CAPS) league at Watkins Regional Park in Maryland. I drove to the fields at 09:30, stopping at 7-11 for water and a… Read More

Lost my big sister

Last Monday, April 23 2018, my sister died from cardiac arrest. She was 65. My 20 yr old son heard her fall and found her on the floor by the washer and dryer. She didn't respond and was not breathing. He immediately called 911. I was at work when he was finally able to get to me. He had his… Read More

Please vote in favor of PA Senate Bill 521

A Letter to Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate Re: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation support for PA SB 521 (Killion) Dear Senator, The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, fully supports Senate Bill 521, which calls for… Read More

My story

Hi there! My SCA was 4-14-2012. I don’t remember that day, but I can tell you what happened according to what I have been told. It was a normal Saturday, I was home with my kids, doing laundry and house work. About midday, I started to feel anxious and panicky, not unusual, I’d had panic attacks… Read More

Memory Loss

It has been seven years now and I still have some short term memory loss issues, is this normal, I was dead for 5 minutes and they had to hit me with the paddles 5 separate times before they got me back to a normal rhythm, I was taken to the hospital and put into a coma for 48 hours on one of those… Read More

Adding Youth to the Chain of Survival

What if your daughter went to school tomorrow and didn’t come home? She didn’t run away; she was not kidnapped. She collapsed. In Math Class. You get a call from her friend saying she fell out of her seat and was shaking on the floor, and now she is not moving, and not breathing. They called 911… Read More