AEDs protect the Special Olympics: Cardiac Science for the week of July 26


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Cardiac Science donates AEDs for national Special Olympics

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Cardiac Science donated the Powerheart AEDs for the 2010 Special Olympics in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Special Olympics USA National Games took place in Lincoln, Nebraska, last week and Cardiac Science was proud to be there.

Through our partnership with the Cornhusker Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross, we placed Powerheart G3 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all the venues for the games, protecting 2,800 athletes, 1,000 coaches, 15,000 athletes’ family members and friends and 30,000 spectators. More than 130 American Red Cross volunteers and staff members from the BryanLGH Health System provided medical services for the Games. The Red Cross recruited and trained volunteers for the Games’ First Aid Team all year, providing training in CPR and AED use.

Florida First Coast youth programs get AEDs

The Andrew Cohn AED Project, created in honor of a young Georgia ballplayer who died of sudden cardiac arrest in May, spearheaded the donation of three automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to Georgia youth organizations earlier this month.

The Densmore Athletics Association, the Camden Riverdogs ball team, and Camden County High School each received a Powerheart AED. The defibrillators were donated by the Andrew Cohn Memorial Fund, Cardiac Science, and Rachel Moyer, founder of Parent Heart Watch. Moyer, whose son, Greg, collapsed and died during a baseball game in Pennsylvania 10 years ago, has helped hundreds of communities and schools obtain AEDs.

Moyer heard from friends at Cardiac Science about the project begun by Andrew Cohn’s family, and traveled to Georgia to meet them. The recent donations grew out of that meeting.

“This is a rally for Andrew, knowing how he was and that he would want to give back, be a leader for this mission and safeguard his buddies and their families,” Harold Cohn, Andrew’s father, told FirstCoastNews.com. Read more of their AED donation story.

Boston Med documentary tells story of 6-year-old sudden cardiac arrest survivor

ABC’s Boston Med is an eight-part documentary about three top Boston hospitals. Episode 5 includes the story of 6-year-old sudden cardiac arrest survivor Olivia Quigley who arrived at the Massachusetts General Hospital emergency room after suffering sudden cardiac arrest.

Her teachers had begun CPR, and EMTs arrived with a defibrillator to restart her heart. The series follows her from emergency room admission through recovery — which included getting an implantable defibrillator.

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