TORONTO, Dec. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - A MIKEY defibrillator administered by
Craig and Jennifer Hansen on Tuesday, December 5, 2012, has given their
2-year old son Carter, a second chance at life.
The defibrillator, provided through the Mikey's Kids program, was on
standby at the Hansen family's Nobleton, ON home.
This is the 15th save by a MIKEY, since The Mikey Network was founded in 2003.
Said Craig Hansen,
"In May 2012, our 2-year-old son Carter went into arrhythmia and then
cardiac arrest due to a previously undiagnosed benign heart tumor. The
paramedics got a rhythm back after 27 minutes, but the resulting
significant brain injury kept us at SickKids and Holland Bloorview
Children's Rehab Hospital for 6 months, and we're still fighting to
regain as much of our son's coordination, vision and speech as we can.
"We went home a month ago with an AED from The Mikey Network, knowing
that any further arrest would be incredibly critical. Neurologists told
us that by the time EMS arrived, it would be too late. Our only chance
was the defibrillator. "Carter went into arrhythmia again on Tuesday
(Dec. 4/12) morning. We started CPR immediately. Because of the
training supplied by The Mikey Network, we had his shirt off and the
pads on him well ahead of the voice prompts from the AED, which
analyzed and advised a shock, which we delivered. The change in our son
"He started breathing on his own again. We observed him and kept the AED
on him until EMS arrived. "You guys gave us another chance with our
son. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Said Hugh Heron, Chairman of The Mikey Network, "When a child has a
serious cardiac problem, the family lives in constant fear, knowing the
heart can skip a beat at any moment. As a result, the child often has
to stay close to home and/or a hospital. The Mikey's Kids
program provides families with portable MIKEYS so these children can
lead more normal lives. The Mikey Network works with various
organizations including Toronto's SickKids Hospital, Ottawa's
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Hamilton's McMaster
Children's Hospital, to provide MIKEYS to families in need."
ABOUT THE MIKEY NETWORK
The Mikey Network, founded in 2003, is a registered Canadian charity
working to create public awareness and provide education about heart
healthy lifestyles. To date, 15 lives have been saved, over 1,300 MIKEY
defibrillators have been placed across Canada, with 11,000 people
trained in CPR/AED. The Mikey Network was named for Mike Salem, a
valued partner at Heathwood Homes and The Heron Group who experienced
sudden cardiac arrest and died on a golf course in 2002. Other Mikey
Network programs include: Mikey's Kids - The Mikey At Home Program, Mikey On Board, The Mikey's
Young At Heart School Defibrillator Program, Mikey On the GO, Mikey
Cops Are Tops.
SOURCE: Mikey Network
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