A story which an eleven year old should not experience

Adam Greenlee is an 11 year old boy who had never experienced any medical concerns until one morning on January 2014 when he collapsed in front of his classmates at his school during a warm up exercise for gym period. At first he was unresponsive and a minute later he had a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Immediately the school nurses administered first aid to Adam by providing CPR. Fortunately the school had in its possession an automated external defibrillator (AED) which saved Adam’s life. Adam was then taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle is abnormal. In addition to this Adam had to do a surgery 4 days later to insert an implantable cardioverter defibrillator into his chest to protect him from future life-threatening events.

Now a year later Adam is alive and back to his daily routine because of the tremendous care he received from bystanders and first responders. Finally he and his family couldn’t be more thankful for the CPR provided and the correct use of the AED.

Do you have an AED at the place you work? Do you know how to use an AED? Become certified by attending a CPR & AED training program today!



Posted on the 30th of March 2015!