North Richland Hills, Texas, Cleared in Failure to Use Onsite AED to Save 12-Year-Old Girl

North Richland Hills, Texas, Cleared in Failure to Use Onsite AED to Save 12-Year-Old Girl

DALLAS--The Supreme Court of Texas has ruled that the city of North Richland Hills cannot be sued by the parents of a 12-year-old girl who died as a result of sudden cardiac arrest at an area water park. The case stated: 

Sarah Friend"Sarah Friend collapsed on July 14, 2004 while standing in line for the “Green Extreme” water slide at NRH2O, a city-owned water park in North Richland Hills. City employees responded with oxygen masks and other airway equipment, but did not retrieve an Automatic External Defibrillator device (AED) from a storage closet elsewhere on the park grounds.  As a result, Sarah did not receive defibrillation until twenty-one minutes after her initial collapse, when the city fire department arrived. She was rushed to the hospital but could not be revived, and she died shortly after noon that day. The Friends allege that had the city employees used the AED on Sarah immediately, prior to using the airway equipment, the device would have saved her life." More...

The court was considering the question of whether the Friends even had the right to sue the city. State law grants local governments wide immunity from liability suits, and North Richland Hills argued that there was no cause for an exemption to be granted.

The law provides for such an exemption if the government causes injury or death “by use of tangible personal or real property.”  So the key word became the meaning of “use.” Since the Friends’ case was based on arguing the city’s negligence in not using a device at all (rather than using a device improperly), the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the appeals court and found in favor of the city, dismissing the Friends’ suit.

Read more about Sarah here.

SOURCE: Frontburner

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.

SCA Newsletter

Sign Up with the SCA Foundation News in order to stay informed! (* required field)

Contact Us

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation would like to hear from you! If you have questions or comments — Contact Us!

724-625-0025

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
7500 Brooktree Road
Wexford, PA 15090

Copyright © 2019 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Web Design & Development, & Web Hosting By FastWebEngine