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Soccer Coach Honored for Saving Student’s Life

October 31 2013

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Soccer coach, Isha Hamilton, and Teacher, Greg McCoy, were commemorated for saving the life of Kiavelyn Altagracia, a 7th grade student who had suffered sudden cardiac arrest at school. John and Karen Acompora, founders of The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, presented the awards for their heroism on saving Kiavelyn’s life. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, October 9, at Edmund W. Miles Middle School in Amityville, New York.

 

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Heartsine announces Forward Hearts program

AED, public access defibrillator

Forward Hearts lets survivors of a sudden cardiac arrest event, in which a HeartSine defibrillator has been used, to potentially save another life by donating a HeartSine samaritan® PAD to the charity or organization of the survivor’s choice.

HeartSine is committed to saving lives and making public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) more readily available. The donation of a HeartSine defibrillator through the Forward Hearts program extends this life-saving technology to even more people, offering many a better chance of survival in the case of sudden cardiac arrest.

How the Program Works

When a HeartSine samaritan PAD AED is used to save a life, the local distributor works to connect everyone involved – the owner of the site, the survivor, and HeartSine – to begin the donation program. The survivor can choose to make his/her donation to the charity anonymously and confidentially, or as part of a public announcement. HeartSine and the local distributor will coordinate the donation and the presentation to the charity. To celebrate the life-saving event, the donation is made in the survivor’s name, in HeartSine’s name, and in the local distributor’s name.

If you have a Forward Hearts story, or know of someone who survived a sudden cardiac arrest due to a HeartSine AED, please share your story with us by completing a Forward Hearts form below.

Tell Us Your Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Story

To have an AED donated to the organization of your choice, tell us your own SCA story. Complete our Forward Hearts form, and a HeartSine representative will be in touch with you to get the details for donating the AED to the organization/charity of your choice.


Our Goal

Our goal along with the American Heart Association is to have an AED within five minutes of everyone.  

As more and more AEDs get placed around the country the likelihood of an AED being available when someone has cardiac arrest continues to increase.  Instead of "if only an AED was available" we now hear of the lives saved by having an AED available.