A Plane Crash, A Heart Crash

It’s 10:50 PM, the night before our second Downingtown screening.  We’ll screen about 300 kids.  Three of them will likely find a heart condition.  This is the normal routine.  Review email folder for cancellations.  Update registration lists.  Make corrections to folders and forms.  Load up the van with equipment. However,...

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The Full Circle of Simon’s Day

The very first Simon’s Day was held at the World Cafe Live on Simon’s first birthday (October 21, 2006).  At that event, 80 friends (adults and kids) listened to the music of Erin Flynn.  We also had a mini-heart screening.  We came together to remember Simon.  A few years later,...

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Andy Murray Demands Heart Screening in Tennis

We don’t typically see much discussion about sudden cardiac arrest in tennis.  We’re glad that Andy Murray is taking is stand. Andy Murray has demanded that regular heart screenings be made compulsory in tennis following the cardiac arrest suffered by Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Muamba’s heart had stopped for 78 minutes before...

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New Guidelines to Protect Student Athletes

New guidelines outlining the causes and prevention of sudden death among athletes were released this week by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) in the United States. “These guidelines were developed for any level of sports participation, and to truly help save a life,” NATA President Marjorie Albohm said in...

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Was Unexplained Teen Drowning Heart Related?

When the heart stops suddenly, children drown.  Hopefully, the family got their hearts checked to rule out the possibility of sudden cardiac arrest before the medical examiner concluded that this was “accidental fresh water drowning?’   YANCEYVILLE — The death of a 13-year-old old Dillard Middle School student who was...

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Great Nonprofits at Work on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

It was started in honor of Pleasanton resident Michael Gable, who suddenly died in 2009 at the age of 38, killed by a heart disease he didn’t even know he had. Pleasanton wife and mother Michelle Gable was still reeling from the sudden death of her husband Michael from cardiac...

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NJ Pushes AED Legislation

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph F. Vitale that would require schools, recreational departments and youth camps to have automated external defibrillators (AED) for youth athletic events was unanimously approved today by the Senate Education Committee. The bill is an attempt to reduce the number of youth athletes who...

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Louisiana Tech Football Player, Chest Pains, Dies

RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech running back Tyrone Duplessis died Thursday morning after medics responded to an emergency call at his off-campus apartment.  Hazel Woods, the chief investigator for the Lincoln Parish coroner’s office, said the cause of death was not yet known and an autopsy is pending. Ruston...

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I Hope That One Day . . .

“I hope that one day something good comes of this.”  The cliche that we’ve all muttered at least once in our life.  This is THE phrase that follows every inexplicable tragedy.  It was included in my eulogy to Simon. As I sit here on the seventh anniversary of his death,...

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New Database Tracks Infant Deaths

This is a huge step in the right direction.  We can’t have an informed discussion about kids dying until we really know how many died and WHY they died.  I hope that this database will also track how many of these kids died from cardiac events.  Did you know that...

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