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CAMBRIDGE, ON – APRIL 10, 2013 … The Mikey Network’s ‘MIKEY’, a public access defibrillator, has saved the life of a 47-year old Cambridge resident, Richard Goodwin, who suffered sudden cardiac arrest while exercising.

“Richard regularly exercised at the Mississauga YMCA (325 Burnhamthorpe Rd. West). Trained staff performed CPR and applied the MIKEY defibrillator.  After one shock, they were able to get a heartbeat on Mr. Goodwin, who was starting his workout, when he collapsed. He was then transported to the Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre for treatment, and is expected to fully recover,” said Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron.

In 2003, the ‘MIKEY’ was one of the seven defibrillators donated to seven YMCA locations (including Mississauga) in the Greater Toronto Area.

Since its formation, The Mikey Network has trained over 11,000 people in CPR/AED and has placed more than 1,350 MIKEYs in schools, community centres, churches and synagogues, arenas, senior’s centres, sports facilities, major attraction venues, libraries and businesses.

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TORONTO, February 22, 2013

The Mikey Network  has applauded Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement that the Government of Canada is working with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) to put in place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and related training in community hockey arenas across Canada.

“Since our inception 10 years ago, we have donated about 90 MIKEY defibrillators to various hockey arenas across Canada.  In fact, in 2004 the first 3 MIKEYS were donated to Canlan Ice Sports Arenas.  We have always believed that defibs become as prominent in public places as fire extinguishers,” said Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron, “so we are delighted to learn of this news from the Federal Government as we continue our work to place MIKEYS, get people trained in CPR/AED and save lives.”

 

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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. 

Contacts: David Eisenstadt / Sohini Bhattacharya
The Communications Group Inc.
416-696-9900 ext. 36 / 24
deisenstadt@tcgpr.com / sbhattacharya@tcgpr.com