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On Thursday, February 20, 2014, Sunnybrook Hospital allowed the world to watch a coronary artery bypass graft, in real-time, by “live-tweeting” the procedure on Twitter. The live-tweets included photos, short videos, and short messages that explained the procedure and provided heart health information.

So why did Sunnybrook want to Live-tweet open heart surgery?

The surgery was be led by Dr. Gideon Cohen, and a team of experts from Sunnybrook’s Schulich Heart Centre.  The tweeting was done by the Sunnybrook communications team and a University of Toronto medical resident, who was on hand to explain the surgery and answer questions.

People were able to follow along by viewing the Sunnybrook Twitter profile, or following the hashtag #SBheart

We think Sunnybrook did was AMAZING!! Educating so many people in this innovative way and getting people talking about cardiac health is a fantastic way to save lives.

We certainly learned a lot today, and we’re sure everyone else did too. Thanks so much, Sunnybrook! This was one of the best live tweeting sessions we’ve followed along with!

Here is a summary of the tweets. A word of caution, these are real pictures and videos of a real cardiac surgery. If that sort of thing makes you queazy, then just take our work for it- It was pretty cool!!

This week, representatives of The Mikey Network were on hand to watch something pretty special.

The grade 6 students at Palmerston Public School in Toronto, took part in some very important training- they were taught how to do CPR and how to use AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) on those who are experiencing cardiac distress.

Palmerston Public School launched the first CPR/AED training in Toronto for 60 Grade 6 students to tie in with Heart Awareness Month.

Each student was provided with a CPR learning kit that contained a blow up “mini Annie” The school will keep them so they can continue this program.

It was a great event with a full EMS demonstration of both CPR and using a defibrillator. The students were very appreciative of Commander Gayle Pollack from Toronto EMS for leading the training, and to Eladio Francisco and Charles Quartarane for demonstrating how to do CPR and use an AED. There was a lot of media attention – there were 3 different TV crews and a handful of photographers as well.

The grade 6 students at Palmerston not only had a lot of fun, but they learned some valuable skills that day. They left feeling empowered, knowing that in an emergency situation they’ll be able to act quickly and help save a life.

We want to thank one our Mikey Network members, Harriet Druker, who was also one of the event organizers, for the invitation!



On Sunday Morning, February 9, Mount Albert Fire Station 26 was destroyed by a fire. They not only lost their firehouse, they lost their 6 trucks and all of the 30 firefighters’ gear. When we heard about the loss, The Mikey Network immediately donated two MIKEYs to replace the defibrillators that were lost is the blaze.

The Firefighters will work out of a temporary facility while a new permanent hall is being built. The process is expected to take 18 months

We can’t help the Mount Albert Fire Department replace the 39 years worth of pictures and memorabilia that was lost in the fire, but we can make sure the Firefighters there have a MIKEY ready if they need one.




The Mikey Network has committed to donating 250 MIKEYs (defibrillators) for The Peel District School Board to place in all of its elementary and secondary schools.  Chairman Hugh Heron, joins Tom Hayes on CityNews to talk about why we need defibrillators in all schools, and why they should be as common as fire extinguishers in public places.

This is a CityNews Toronto video. If you are on a mobile phone and you cannot see it, please view it on the CityNews website.


In this video, CityNews Tom Hayes shows how all schools in Peel Region will soon be better equipped to save a life. The Peel District School Board will be receiving 250 MIKEYs (defibrillators from The Mikey Network’s Young at Heart program and will be placed in the schools over a three-year period.

This is a CityNews Toronto video. If you are on a mobile phone and you cannot see it, please view it on the CityNews website.

Read the full CityNews Story Here