Saved by a Mikey Stories

Saved by a MIKEY Stories

Cardiac arrest does not care how old you are. People have been saved using a MIKEY (AED), from infants to seniors. Here are some of their stories ...

Family credits defibrillator for saving son’s life | CTV Toronto News

CTV News Toronto ran a story about Luke Pignatelli, one of the young people saved with a MIKEY AED recently.

 An Aurora family has a special reason to be grateful for an organization called Mikey Network following a scary incident with their son | CTV News Toronto

The Mikey Network’s two latest heroes

Tom Condotta and Darlene Fournier jumped in to help a man whose heart had stopped during a recreational volleyball league game on March 2. (Grant Linton/CBC)

More details have come to light about the two heroes that leapt into action to save a man who suffered cardiac arrest at Chinguacousy Secondary School on the evening of March 2.

According to a CBC article, Darlene Fournier, was one of the first to take action. It was not the first time Darlene has to perform CPR as a teacher. 18 years ago, when, in just her first year of teaching, a student in her class collapsed and she had to perform CPR. In both cases, Fournier credits CPR training and easy access to an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, for the comfort of knowing that in both instances, she did everything that she could.

Tom Condotta, a vice principal with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, also jumped in to help that night at Chinguacousy. He was playing in the recreational volleyball league that takes over the school on Thursday nights, when a woman ran in and said a man had suffered a seizure.

Like Fournier, he has CPR and first-aid training because of his position at the school board. He turned the man over from his stomach to his side and directed someone to check his bag for medication.

“It looked like he was kind of snoring,” Condotta said. “I asked for someone to go and get a defibrillator.” As he performed compressions Fournier set up the defibrillator.

This incident had a happy ending, with the male patient now recovering well at home.

To read the full story, please visit CBC.com.

Teachers use a MIKEY (AED) at Chinguacousy Secondary School to save a life

Saved By A MIKEY AED

We have just been informed by our friends at Peel Regional Paramedic Services that teachers from Chinguacousy Secondary School used a MIKEY (AED) to successfully revive an individual that had suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest while participating in a sporting activity.

CPR was started and shocks were administered by the MIKEY (AED) prior to Paramedics arrival. Paramedics confirmed he was responsive upon arrival, and was taken to a local hospital for further care.

We’ve been told the individual is recovering, and should be released in the upcoming days.

Mikey Young At Heart

This defibrillator was placed at Chinguacousy Secondary School through our Mikey Young At Heart program. So far, the Mikey Young at Heart program has placed over 280 MIKEY AEDs in schools including the Toronto District School Board, Peel District School Board, Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, and Limestone District School Board.

Recently, The Mikey Network finished placing MIKEYs in each of the more than 250 public schools in Peel Region.

This is the 36th person that we are aware of, saved with a MIKEY. We are so grateful a MIKEY AED was on hand when this man needed it, and most importantly, people willing to use it were there to spring into action!

Quick Thinking and A MIKEY Defibrillator Saves Nobleton Man at Arena

(Originally published in King Weekly Sentinel)
A Nobleton man has a very big reason to enjoy the holidays this year – he’s alive! Earl Keen, 56, suffered cardiac arrest during a hockey game at the Nobleton Arena on Dec. 8. He’s alive thanks to the quick actions of his teammates and a MIKEY (a public automated external defibrillator- AED).

“I’m alive, and that’s a good thing,” Keen said from his hospital bed. “The defibrillator saved my life.”

In perfect health, Keen suffered the incident after getting off the ice and resting on the bench. He said his heart didn’t settle down after his shift and he passed out. His teammates rallied around and everyone pitched in to save him.

They used the defibrillator, which also automatically calls EMS. Andre Delmas was next to Keen and he cried out for someone to call 9-1-1 and his brothers Ron and Brett ran to get the AED in the lobby. Ron said as soon as the AED made contact, it analyzed Keen’s condition and shocked him. It later said a second shock was not required. This all happened in under five minutes.

Ray Martin later said it was a combination of quick thinking, the AED, and cool heads, that saved the day.

The AED units are extremely easy to use, something that’s important when every second counts.

Jim Wall, King’s fire chief, praised Keen’s teammates who administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used the AED located in the lobby. “It just goes to show you that someone with absolutely no training on one of these units can use them to save a life,” Wall said.

David Boyd, Nobleton’s ward councillor and a firefighter himself, said the unit was placed in the arena about 14 years ago and this was the first time it had ever been used.

“It’s amazing that it has been sitting on the wall that long just waiting to be used,” he said, noting most AEDs will never be used. “However, they’re worth every cent when you do need them.” Boyd added all the right ingredients came together for a positive outcome in this situation. A facility with an AED is likely the safest place to be during an emergency.

Chief Wall and Boyd were both involved in getting AED units placed in many public places around the township earlier this year. The initial funding to get units in local arenas was provided by The Mikey Network.

Read the full article in the King Weekly Sentinel.

 

34th Life Saved By A MIKEY Defibrillator

Saved By A MIKEY AED

We were just given the best type of news we can share! Another life was saved with a MIKEY (defibrillator).

We were told a man suffered cardiac arrest last week at the Greek Community Church of Toronto. Some people there were able to resuscitate him with CPR and the MIKEY.

This is the 34th life saved by a MIKEY Defibrillator

In 2011, this MIKEY was donated to the Greek Community Church of Toronto, in honor of the retirement of Jimmy Miliaris. Last week Jimmy’s legacy was honoured when the AED was used to save a life.

We are so thankful there were people willing to act in this man’s moment of need. It’s our mission to place as many life-saving MIKEY Defibrillators in public places as possible so people who suffer cardiac arrest can have a second chance at life.