AED save: 17-year-old Emilio Martinez

“Without that (device) and without her there, the doctors said my son would have probably died,” said Phil Martinez. “. . . I can’t tell you how grateful my wife and I are that they were there and handling the situation the way they did.

Martinez, a 5-foot-6, 160-pound running back, will undergo surgery today at University Medical Center. Doctors on Wednesday diagnosed him withventricular fibrillation.

As it appeared in the Tucson Citizen

“These are things you hope you never have to use, but why risk not having one ready to go if something does happen?” — Deana Schneider, the athletic trainer at Cienega High School who saved Emilio Martinez’s life

Deana Schneider, the athletic trainer at Cienega High School who saved Emilio Martinez’s life with the defibrillator, urged Cienega to purchase the Cardiac Science Powerheart AED G3 device in July 2008.

Geoff Grammer from the Tucson Citizen writes, “Even as schools and districts across the country, including Cienega, shave budgets, assistant principal and head football coach Nemer Hassey said the school will buy two more defibrillators to place around campus before the 2009-10 school year begins.

‘It’s a no-brainer,’ Hassey said. ‘You do more fundraisers or find other areas to work around. But cutting back on stuff like this, things that are about safety, you can’t cut corners on that.’”

More schools getting AED devices to treat cardiac arrest next year

The article mentions a few Arizona schools without AEDs plan to bring them on campus next year.

Flowing Wells Athletic Director Pat Weber said in an e-mail yesterday the school has “put in for several for the next school year.”

Moved to leave a comment for Emilio

I rarely leave comments on behalf of the Company but was moved to do so today. On the Tucson Citizen site I left a note to Emilio and his parents:

“We’re so grateful that the Cardiac Science Powerheart team was there to get an AED to Cienega.

Emilio’s life save makes it all worthwhile – it’s why we do what we do.

I encourage you to visit this AED at schools link to get an AED in your school.

Congratulations, Martinez family. Give us updates from time to time how Emilio is doing.”

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