On September 22, 2015, Taylor Fausey went into cardiac arrest while working out at the University of Cincinnati Campus Recreation Center. She was a healthy 18 year old freshman with no prior heart condition. She was finishing up her run on the treadmill when she went into sudden cardiac arrest and collapsed.
Twenty-two Campus Rec staff (20 students/2 professionals) immediately initiated the emergency response protocol and provided 13 minutes of care (CPR and AED) until the fire department and EMS arrived. After the fourth attempt to restart her heart using the AED, they were able to get it started on the way to the hospital.
Taylor was in the Cardiac ICU from September 22-30. On October 2 surgeons implanted a defibrillator and discharged her from the hospital the next day. Shortly after that she resumed classes and finished her first semester in college on the Dean’s list! Eventually Taylor went on to join Campus Recreation’s fitness floor staff.
And this past fall students resued a professor who had a heart attack while he was swimming. They both rescued and revived him using CPR and an AED. I'm grateful to say he's going to make a full recovery.
Bottom line – in both situations STUDENTS that knew how to preform CPR and use an AED gave Taylor and this professor a second chance at life. It also gave the incredible doctors and nurses at University Hospital Medical Center an opportunity to work their magic.
Over 300,000 people go into cardiac arrest every year and less than 10% survive. Of that 10% many have lasting neurological damage. the American Heart Association helps make a difference! They raise money for research, training, education and more! This is why I am proud to support the American Heart Association.