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 ...

Man gets a second chance at life because a MIKEY AED was available

We’ve just received the amazing news that another life has been saved with a MIKEY AED we placed.

A male in his 50s went into cardiac arrest at the Greystone Racquet Club, in Waterloo, ON. Some members at the club quickly went into action starting CPR. A member that happened to be a chiropractor, applied the MIKEY and the patient was revived. EMS arrived within 5 minutes and was able to safely transport the patient to hospital. We are told the man is in good health and doing well.

This MIKEY was placed in 2007 and we are so grateful it was available when it was needed most.

Senior athlete’s life saved by a MIKEY!

senior saved by MIKEY defibrillator

We’ve just heard the amazing news that another life has been saved using a MIKEY (AED) that we placed. 

This MIKEY was given to the Scarborough Seniors Slow-pitch baseball league back 2012. We were informed that the defibrillator was used on July 23 to save a 63 year old gentleman suffering cardiac arrest. We will share more details if they become available but we are told that he is recovering and doing well.

This is the 42nd life that we know of that has been saved by a MIKEY. We could not be more thankful that it was available when needed. News like this is exactly why we started The Mikey Network and a reminder of just how important these amazing devices are.

A MIKEY Has Saved Another Life!

We’re happy to announce that another MIKEY has been used to save someone’s life! This unit was placed through the ‘Remember Griffin’ Campaign.

The Remember Griffin Campaign stems from a young boy named Griffin Martin who suffered cardiac arrest during recess in Orleans Wood Elementary school, in Ottawa, in 2017. Griffin’s family wanted to raise money to place defibrillators in all Ottawa elementary schools. Together we were able to raise enough money and awareness to achieve that goal.

On February 22, during a basketball game at Avalon Public School in Orleans, a young 16-year old boy went into cardiac arrest and his life was saved with one of their recently placed MIKEY defibrillators. The coach on scene, Chris Waycott, began CPR while a parent grabbed the AED, and someone called 911. After the electrodes were attached to the boy’s chest, the MIKEY advised them to move away as the defibrillator applied the shock. The boy’s heart started beating again, and shortly after the paramedics arrived.

According to the mother of the 16 year old boy,

“I’m extremely grateful to the school boards for equipping their gyms with defibrillators. I believe it made a difference for my son,” she wrote.”I’m encouraging more public institutions to get defibrillators.”

We are so happy to be a part of something so incredible, and to have worked closely with the Griffin family to help raise money to implement AEDs in these Ottawa schools.

A big thank you goes out to the real heroes who took part in helping to save this boy, giving him a second chance at life.

Read the full details about this save:


Another Life Saved Thanks To a Mikey

We’re happy to announce that another life was recently saved thanks to a MIKEY defibrillator. They were saved thanks to the efforts of the Meaford Fire Department whom we donated a MIKEY to a short while ago.
It’s exciting that we found out about this save, through the new “Report a Save” button on the Mikey website. If you know of any saves with a MIKEY defibrillator, please reach out to us. 

Two saved with MIKEY AEDs at the Ride To Conquer Cancer

medtronic MIKEY AED and case
The Ride To Conquer Cancer is a two day bike ride fundraiser that covers more than 200km through Southern Ontario. During the ride in June, 2016, two participants suffered cardiac arrest and were very fortunate there was a MIKEY AED available when they needed it most. The two rescues were on the same day, only 20 minutes apart! These were the 38th and 39th lives that we know of, saved by a MIKEY we have placed.

Safety it is the Ride to Conquer Cancer’s first priority and the Canadian Ski Patrol Central Zone Ontario is part of the large medical assistance team at the Ride each year. The first rescue occurred in late afternoon when two members of the CSP, Jason Dutchburn, who carries a MIKEY AED on his motorcycle, and Blair Wallhouse, rolled up on the incident by total chance.

They came across a male in his mid 50’s, lying in the middle of the road, VSA (vital signs absent). CPR was started immediately and with the help of the MIKE AED, and nearby Volunteer Fire and Niagara EMS, the patient was revived prior to departure in the ambulance, at approximately 4:00pm.

At approximately 4:20 p.m., a cyclist heard an ‘ugh’ and the clatter of a bike behind her. She turned and saw that a gentleman later identified as Leo McDonald, had fallen off his bicycle and was lying unconscious on the ground. She immediately went to the man’s side and yelled at a nearby police constable, who quickly came to her aid and began chest compressions while the witness began artificial respirations.

The CSP’s Ana Mera and Colin Storey were patrolling the area on their bicycles, and came upon the scene. They pulled out their first aid kits and offered assistance to the constable. CPR continued and Ana contacted Dutchburn, knowing he carries a MIKEY on his motorcycle, but not knowing he just used it. The route’s medical car was also dispatched to the scene.

Soon the medical car, an ambulance crew, more constables, and an additional two teams of medical motorcycles consisting of Corbee Dutchburn and Blair Wallhouse-who just rescued the rider 20 minutes prior, and Dave Shelley and Steve MacCallum, made their way via police escort to the incident.

CPR continued while the other CSP patrollers tasked themselves with cutting the clothing and preparing the patient for the AED’s arrival. The AED arrived and delivered one shock, and no more shocks were advised. Leo was transported by ambulance to the Niagara General Hospital.

Several days after the incident, a Central Zone patroller who works with the patient’s brother, reported that Leo did fully recover.

If not for the actions of the witness, police constable, and the Canadian Ski Patrollers who performed CPR keeping Leo alive before the AED and ambulance arrived, Leo would not have survived.

If not for patrollers Dutchburn and Wallhouse, the male patient who was revived 20 minutes prior may not have had a second chance at life either.

These were the 38th and 39th lives that we know of, saved by a MIKEY we have placed. Defibrillators save lives, and we will continue our mission to place as many of them as we can, out in the world.