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TORONTO – DECEMBER 10, 2012…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.

The Hansens, a Mikey's Kids family that saved their son with their MIKEY AED

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 was immediate.

 “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.”

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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, 14 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. 

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We received the best kind of news today! One of our Mikey’s Kids families called to let us know we gave their toddler a second chance at life.

Through the Mikey’s Kids program, Families whose children are at high risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) are provided with a MIKEY, a portable automated external defibrillator (AED), to carry with them at all times so their kids are protected at home, school or play.

The family was able to use their MIKEY AED and bring their child to the hospital to receive treatment.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family for a speedy recovery.

UPDATE:
The child’s father Craig, was kind enough to tell his story in the comments section below.

Craig and Jennifer Hansen were able to use their MIKEY on their  2 year old son Carter, who went into arrhythmia.  After delivering a shock he started breathing on his own again and they observed him and kept the AED on him until EMS arrived.

Craig, Jennifer and Carter Hansen A Mikey's Kids familyCarter was brought to SickKids Hospital for treatment and is now back at home with his parents.

Craig said,

“You guys gave us another chance with our son. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron said this about the Mikey’s Kids program,

“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.”

We are truly humbled by Craig and Jennifer’s story and we pray  for Carter.  We hope this inspires every family to learn CPR, and every family with a baby to learn infant CPR.

It takes a community to help a child with heart problems…
Please help us place a MIKEY in the home of every family in need

 

Mikey Network Globe & Mail giving back article

(photo: Nicola Betts for The Globe and Mail)

The Globe and Mail’s Paul Walde profiled Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron in this weekend’s edition.  It was published in the online edition on Friday, Nov. 30 2012.  It is a great article, and we encourage everyone to read it here.

MIKEY defibrillator trainingPublished in Restauran News

Eight staff at Paese and L-eat restaurants were trained how to use the 3 MIKEYs that will be installed at Paese Restaurant on King St. W., L-eat Catering on Bathurst St. and L-eat Express on Adelaide St. W.

The Mikey Network goal is to have a MIKEY defibrillator everywhere there is a fire extinguisher and working with restaurants like Paese and L-eat will get us closer to that goal.

Morty Henkle, executive director of The Mikey Network, says that cardiac arrest can happen anywhere to anybody of any age. Three of the people saved in the last several years were students, one was a police officer, and one was a 36-year-old who collapsed at the Toronto Racquet Club just six days after the club purchased their Mikey defibrillator.

From right to left is David Devine, Harry Harakh, Vito Spatafora and Prime Mister Hinds.

On November 26, 2012, two MIKEY defibrillators were presented to Prime Minister Samuel Hinds of Guyana in front of the Canadian High Commission.

The Mikey  Network is dedicated to placing MIKEYs in as many locations as possible, to help people affected by sudden cardiac arrest.