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News Release – ‘Saved by that MIKEY Miracle’

By Kevin Connor, Sun Media
July 10, 2008

Saved By A Mikey Variety Village Press ConferenceDaniel Terbenche can’t help but think how access to a defibrillator could have saved his father’s life the way one saved him after a recent cardiac arrest.

The 63-year-old Terbenche was exercising in January at Variety Village in the east end of the city when he suffered the attack. Luckily it was recognized for what it was by staff at the facility. “I don’t remember any distress or breathing problems. The need for defibrillators is quite obvious,” Terbenche said yesterday at Variety Village. His father suffered a cardiac arrest in 1969 and, with no defibrillators, it took more than six minutes to revive him, a delay that left him brain damaged. He spent the last eight years of his life in a hospital bed. “If you cater to the public and you don’t have a defibrillator you are putting people at the same risk as my dad,” he said. “I feel great. The difference between having a defibrillator available or not is the difference between me and my father.” Lynne Wallace — president of Variety, the children’s charity — says she couldn’t be more proud of her staff and their response to Terbenche’s emergency. ‘LIVING PROOF’

“Their training and diligence helped to save Mr. Terbenche’s life, but we also owe a debt of gratitude to The Mikey Network for providing Variety Village with defibrillators,” Wallace said. The network is a charitable organization boosting public awareness and providing access defibrillators to high-risk places like Variety for a timely response to saving lives before paramedics arrive. “The Mikey Network works because our efforts are guided by ongoing inspiration left by Mike Salem, our Heathwood Homes and Heron group partner and friend who died of sudden cardiac arrest on a golf course,” said Hugh Heron, chairman of the Mikey group. “And for living proof that The Mikey Network really works, Daniel Terbenche is here at Variety Village, with the four responders who helped save his life using a Mikey.” One of the responders, Shane Risto, says he was honoured to help. “I feel good I was able to receive the training and give some help,” said Risto. Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services manages more than 500 public-access defibrillators. “The program is picking up because private companies are getting involved,” said EMS spokesman Lyla Miller.


Mikey Young At Heart School Defibrillator Program

As we all know our children are our future. We love them,we cherish them,and we will do everything in our power to make sure they grow up healthy and strong.

Yet, as much as we try to protect them, even the young can develop unexpected heart problems. Indeed, there are no age barriers to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which can happen to anyone,at any time, in any location. Each year in Ontario, children and teens are among the more than 6,500 people who experience SCA. Fortunately, there’s hope for a second chance at life for many of those who do.

In 2006, Dr. Joel Kirsh, the chief physician in Cardiology and Critical Care and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at SickKids® Hospital, called Morty Henkle, Director of The Mikey Network to talk about a way to place defibrillators in schools across the GTA. Considering it an investment in Canada’s future, we launched The Mikey’s Young-At-Heart School Defibrillator Program.

The MIKEY’s installed under this program will be available to hundreds of high school and continuing education students, their teachers and school staff. The life-saving potential is even greater when you consider that schools form the heart ofour communities.

MIKEYS will also benefit all of the individuals and neighbourhood groups who regularly attend meetings, play sports,vote at their local polling stations, and participate in other special events held on school property.


Through the Mikey’s Young-At-Heart Program, we plan to work with EMS and local school boards to eventually place a MIKEY in every elementary, intermediate and secondary school in Ontario – and to ensure the beat goes on for future generations!

TDSB Recieves shocking $400,000 Donation

Life-saving heart defibrillators will soon be available at every Toronto District School Board (TDSB) secondary school, outdoor education centre, and administrative site thanks to the generous donation by The Mikey Network, a non-profit organization that places the devices in community facilities across the province.

The Mikey Network is donating 120 MIKEYS (Public Access Defibrillators), plus the cost of training of up to eight staff at each location, to the TDSB.  This represents the single largest donation of defibrillators by the organization since its inception in 2003. The donation package is valued at approximately $400,000 and all MIKEYS will be installed by September 2008.

“More MIKEYS means more second chances at life for people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest,” said Hugh Heron, principal and partner in The Heron Group of Companies, President of Heathwood Homes, and Co-Founder of The Mikey Network. “We are very proud of our partnership with the TDSB in this life-saving initiative, and we can’t think of a better place to help educate the public about defibrillators than the city’s school board locations.

Toronto Emergency Services will train TDSB staff at each site on the use of defibrillators over the next year. Once the training is complete, each site is expected to have at least one trained operator available from the time the school or site opens in the morning to when the last person leaves at night.

Letter from Premier McGuinty



On November 2, 2006, the Toronto Racquet Club was the scene of a MIKEY in action. One of the visiting Toronto & District league players, 36-year-old Sam Webster, came off the court at the completion of his match, collapsed and went into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Within seconds, CPR was initiated. There was no pulse, so it was decided that a defibrillator was needed. Three weeks before, The Toronto Racquet Club had purchased a Mikey, which was installed just six days before the cardiac arrest.

“I was extremely lucky that things came together so well,” Sam says. “I’m amazed that the club had a defibrillator and people onsite who were trained to use it. I feel great, and I’m looking forward to receiving a clean bill of health so hopefully, I can play squash again. I’m living proof that The Mikey Network is helping to save lives.”

Our greatest hope at The Mikey Network is that the Mikeys we place never have to be used. Our second-greatest hope is that when the situation arises that someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest in a public place, a Mikey and a trained responder are on hand to offer that person an increased chance of living.