Cardiac arrest does not care how old you are. People have been saved using a MIKEY (AED), from infants to seniors.
Here are some of their stories …

Saved By A MIKEY AED

We have just been informed by our friends at Peel Regional Paramedic Services that teachers from Chinguacousy Secondary School used a MIKEY (AED) to successfully revive an individual that had suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest while participating in a sporting activity.

CPR was started and shocks were administered by the MIKEY (AED) prior to Paramedics arrival. Paramedics confirmed he was responsive upon arrival, and was taken to a local hospital for further care.

We’ve been told the individual is recovering, and should be released in the upcoming days.

Mikey Young At Heart

This defibrillator was placed at Chinguacousy Secondary School through our Mikey Young At Heart program. So far, the Mikey Young at Heart program has placed over 280 MIKEY AEDs in schools including the Toronto District School Board, Peel District School Board, Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, and Limestone District School Board.

Recently, The Mikey Network finished placing MIKEYs in each of the more than 250 public schools in Peel Region.

This is the 36th person that we are aware of, saved with a MIKEY. We are so grateful a MIKEY AED was on hand when this man needed it, and most importantly, people willing to use it were there to spring into action!

(Originally published in King Weekly Sentinel)
A Nobleton man has a very big reason to enjoy the holidays this year – he’s alive! Earl Keen, 56, suffered cardiac arrest during a hockey game at the Nobleton Arena on Dec. 8. He’s alive thanks to the quick actions of his teammates and a MIKEY (a public automated external defibrillator- AED).

“I’m alive, and that’s a good thing,” Keen said from his hospital bed. “The defibrillator saved my life.”

In perfect health, Keen suffered the incident after getting off the ice and resting on the bench. He said his heart didn’t settle down after his shift and he passed out. His teammates rallied around and everyone pitched in to save him.

They used the defibrillator, which also automatically calls EMS. Andre Delmas was next to Keen and he cried out for someone to call 9-1-1 and his brothers Ron and Brett ran to get the AED in the lobby. Ron said as soon as the AED made contact, it analyzed Keen’s condition and shocked him. It later said a second shock was not required. This all happened in under five minutes.

Ray Martin later said it was a combination of quick thinking, the AED, and cool heads, that saved the day.

The AED units are extremely easy to use, something that’s important when every second counts.

Jim Wall, King’s fire chief, praised Keen’s teammates who administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used the AED located in the lobby. “It just goes to show you that someone with absolutely no training on one of these units can use them to save a life,” Wall said.

David Boyd, Nobleton’s ward councillor and a firefighter himself, said the unit was placed in the arena about 14 years ago and this was the first time it had ever been used.

“It’s amazing that it has been sitting on the wall that long just waiting to be used,” he said, noting most AEDs will never be used. “However, they’re worth every cent when you do need them.” Boyd added all the right ingredients came together for a positive outcome in this situation. A facility with an AED is likely the safest place to be during an emergency.

Chief Wall and Boyd were both involved in getting AED units placed in many public places around the township earlier this year. The initial funding to get units in local arenas was provided by The Mikey Network.

Read the full article in the King Weekly Sentinel.

 

Saved By A MIKEY AED

We were just given the best type of news we can share! Another life was saved with a MIKEY (defibrillator).

We were told a man suffered cardiac arrest last week at the Greek Community Church of Toronto. Some people there were able to resuscitate him with CPR and the MIKEY.

This is the 34th life saved by a MIKEY Defibrillator

In 2011, this MIKEY was donated to the Greek Community Church of Toronto, in honor of the retirement of Jimmy Miliaris. Last week Jimmy’s legacy was honoured when the AED was used to save a life.

We are so thankful there were people willing to act in this man’s moment of need. It’s our mission to place as many life-saving MIKEY Defibrillators in public places as possible so people who suffer cardiac arrest can have a second chance at life.

33-lives-saved

Amazing news! We were just informed that a 33rd life has been saved by a MIKEY defibrillator!

Earlier this week, a GO Transit Safety Officer used a MIKEY on a male who was in cardiac arrest. The Safety Officer applied both CPR and the MIKEY AED until Emergency Medical Services arrived. Police later advised that, due to the Officer’s efforts, the man is expected to survive.

That makes 33 people who have been given a second chance at life!

mikey-on-the-goThis was all due to our Mikey On The GO Program. The MIKEY defibrillator that was used to save this man’s life is just one of 100 units placed throughout the GO Transit system by The Mikey Network through our Mikey On the GO program, with the generosity of Herity and Heathwood Homes. This is the fourth person who has been saved with a MIKEY AED placed through the Mikey On the GO program.

We want to thank the GO Transit Safety Officer whose quick action helped give a victim of cardiac arrest their second chance at life.

32-lives-saved

Brilliant news! We’ve just had a 32nd Mikey Save! The man was saved by a Mikey defibrillator that had just been placed only two weeks ago.

Medigroup, who is the masonry company for Heathwood Homes for the last 37 years, decided to install a Mikey in their offices in April of this year. We helped them arrange the training at the end of April.

Less than 2 weeks later they had an incident. An employee working in the warehouse suddenly dropped. But the rest of the staff was well prepared for this emergency and they reacted quickly, using a Mikey to save the man’s life.

What amazing timing. Let the beat go on…!