Our Very Fortunate Survivors
CAROL MATHEWSON Survivor
Carol had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest on August 17, 2008, while participating in the swimming portion of a Triathlon. She received CPR and defibrillation with an AED and survived. Carol now has an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD).
JOHNNY GOULD Survivor
Johnny had his Sudden Cardiac Arrest on March 10, 2012, while attending a family party. Johnny received CPR and was then defibrillated with an AED when the paramedics arrived and he survived. Johnny has an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD).
DOUG McARTHUR Survivor
Doug had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest on August 29, 2012, while playing golf. He was fortunate to receive CPR and defibrillation with an AED and survived. Doug now has an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD).
Sara had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest on April 13, 2014 just after completing the Seahawks 12k Run. She received CPR and defibrillation from an AED and survived. Sara now has an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD).
Precious Lives That Have Been Lost
KIKI McBRIDE – Died on November 15, 2005
While trying out for the girls basketball team, she collapsed and went into convulsions. CPR was performed immediately. The school had a defibrillator, but it was locked in the nurse’s office and none of the coaches knew it was there. It took 10-12 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and all attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful. The medical examiner determined that Kiki suffered from a condition known as anomalous origin of the coronary artery, which she was born with. Kiki had always been very active and participated in sports, including soccer. She never complained or showed any symptoms and had a sports physical eight hours before collapsing. All of her sisters have received thorough cardiac screenings, and show no signs of heart problems.
RYAN BIRLEY – Died on May 9, 2012
Ryan had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest while at home by himself and had no chance for any type of resuscitation. He was a seemingly healthy, very athletic 29 year old, who had worked as a Tennis Teaching Professional for a number of years. Ryan’s autopsy revealed an slightly enlarged heart, but no cardiac anomaly. No other cause of death could be found. Ryan did not complain of any symptoms prior to this death. It was presumed that Ryan experienced sudden unexplained arrhythmia.