Philadelphia parents lobby for AEDs: Cardiac Science for the week of May 17

Philadelphia parents lobby for AEDs: “Rec centers can’t afford not to have them.”

The family of cardiac arrest victim Danny Rumph is leading a campaign in Philadelphia to getautomated external defibrillators (AEDs) into all the city’s public recreation centers. If the center where 21-year-old Danny collapsed and died five years ago had owned one, Danny might have had a chance to get to a hospital for treatment.

His family has since raised money to purchase an AED for the recreation center where he collapsed — a center now named in his memory. reports in this AED story than 11 other city recreation centers now have defibrillators. But more than 100 others still operate without them.

“Learn the lesson from what happened to my son,” Viola Owens, Danny’s mother told the news website. “They take for granted because these children are young that it can’t happen to them, Owens said. And my son was healthy, had a physical every year…played sports.”

The family formed the Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation to raise money to buy rec center AEDs. Donors include the Philadelphia Phillies. This video shows a community gathering for AED awareness, including demos of Powerheart G3 AEDs.

Missouri school’s AED saves seventh grader in gym class

13-year-old Austin Redd collapsed in gym class last week, but school employees were able to use the school’s automated external defibrillator to restart the boy’s heart.

This AED article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch describes the rescue. After the school nurse attached the AED, the device administered a shock. The student regained consciousness and began breathing, according to St. Charles County Deputy Ron Neupert.

The paper reports:

Marty Limpert, a spokesman for the St. Charles County Ambulance District, said the incident illustrates the need for AEDs in schools and staff trained in life-saving procedures.

“There’s no doubt that they saved his life,” Limpert said.

California medical center donates Powerheart AEDs to the community

St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California, has donated Powerheart automated external defibrillators to four area community organizations.

The Orange County register’s defibrillator article begins with the story of Jared Marchbanks, a Fullerton College athlete who survived sudden cardiac arrest last fall — thanks to two quick-thinking athletic trainers and a nearby AED. A shock from the AED restored Miller’s heartbeat so he could be transported to  St. Jude for treatment.

The hospital presented Powerheart G3 AEDs to the Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park, Fullerton College, Rosary High School and the Yorba Linda-Placentia Family YMCA. At the presentation luncheon, Enrique Christopherson, a Cardiac Science California AED expert, explained how the devices are used and demonstrated their use on a training mannequin.

“With every passing minute, the chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest decreases,” said Lee Penrose, St. Jude president and CEO in a release. “An AED is easy to use and can mean the difference between life and death. Increased access to early defibrillation can help save lives, and we are pleased to present these new AEDs to local organizations with the sincere hope that they never have to be used.”