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Emily Herbert and her family

Emily Herbert, 14, with her parents, Leanne and Tim, and her brother, Alex, at their home in Welland, Ont., on Saturday. Both Emily and Tim have Brugada syndrome, which increases the risk of sudden cardiac arrest. Emily carries a portable defibrillator machine with her at all times. (Peter Power / for The Toronto Star)

The Toronto Star published an article about our Mikey’s Kids program, and talked to the family of one of our Mikey’s Kids, Emily Herbert.

When Emily Herbert was diagnosed at age 5 with Brugada syndrome — a lifelong condition that increases the risk of sudden cardiac arrest — her parents were afraid to let her out of reach.

They’d need to scale back family trips and chaperone all of Emily’s outings, they thought.

“It was totally frightening,” says her dad, Tim Herbert, who also has Brugada syndrome, a genetic condition, and has an implanted defibrillator in his chest. “We had no idea what to expect other than to not want to let her out of our eyesight. As most children grow up, they’re looking for flexibility and freedom away from mom and dad.”

But soon after the diagnosis, doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children connected Emily and her parents to the Mikey Network kids program. Since 2006, the initiative has paired more than 200 kids like Emily with portable defibrillators called “Mikeys,” named after Mike Salem, a man who died from cardiac arrest on a golf course without access to a defibrillator in 2002.

Now 14 and in high school, Emily has carried her Mikey — which she named “Roxy” — with her for almost nine years. Her parents hope she’ll have a wireless defibrillator implanted before she goes away for university in a few years. This Saturday, Emily will participate in the Walk of Life on “Team Mikey” at the Ontario Science Centre and E.T. Seton Park, an event to raise money for the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada.

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CTV News Toronto ran a story about Luke Pignatelli, one of the young people saved with a MIKEY AED recently.

 An Aurora family has a special reason to be grateful for an organization called Mikey Network following a scary incident with their son | CTV News Toronto

Mikey Network President Eva Naumovski was on Canada AM this morning speaking with journalist Beverly Thomson about our Mikey Young At Heart app. Eva talked about how our new app helps remove the fear of using a defibrillator and makes people feel more comfortable using the device in the event of a cardiac emergency.

Not only does the app educate, it also allows Ontario high school students to earn the volunteer hours they need to graduate. The Mikey Young At Heart app will teach thousands of students CPR/AED, making them more confident to use an AED or administer CPR, should the need ever arise.

If you missed the segment, check it out below.


Mikey Network Spring 2006 newsletter

Learn about our various programs, new initiatives and exciting milestones, by visiting our online Spring 2016 Newsletter

We are very excited about the Mikey Young At Heart App. Now we want to tell as many people about it as possible. Teaching high school students how to use a defibrillator will make them more comfortable using one should the need arise, and may even prepare them to save a life.

Over the next few months you’ll see the Mikey Young At Heart App on TV and while you’re waiting for the next subway train, hear about it on the radio, and read about it in magazines and newspapers.

We want to thank the following media companies for helping us spread the word about Mikey Young At Heart.

  • CTV
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