Athletic Trainer Revives Basketball Player with an AED

On Wednesday, July 17, April Daniels, an athletic trainer from Cardinal Stritch University, was working at an Amateur Athletic Union* (AAU) basketball tournament at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin when a teenage basketball player, 17, collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Daniels later told Fox 6 WITI TV in Milwaukee, “He did have a faint pulse, but he had some pretty irregular breathing. Shortly thereafter he had no pulse.”

Emergency responders were called to the scene and Daniels began CPR and was given an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the training staff. The machine determined a shock was required and it was delivered to the teen’s chest to restart his heart. The teen did regain a weak pulse and was transported by emergency responders to the local hospital where he appeared to be okay.

According to the story, Daniels mentioned she was thankful Homestead High School had an AED on hand. “Ultimately I think that was probably the deciding factor in the positive outcome that we had,” Daniels said.

According to the American Heart Association, each year nearly 360,000 sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) occur in the United States.

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