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AED Used in Detroit Marathon

Posted by Valarie Brehm on 10/19/2010 to Lives Saved By AEDs
A 51-year-old woman from Rochester, New York, collapsed during the Detroit Marathon on October 17th, 2010. The woman, who was running her first marathon, collapsed near the second mile marker as she suffered cardiac arrest. Medical technicians performed CPR and restored her heartbeat through the use of an AED. The woman is reportedly in Detroit Receiving Hospital, where she is in critical condition.

Last year, three men collapsed and died during the 13.1-mile half-marathon in Detroit. Autopsies later showed that the men, Daniel Langdon, 36, Jonathan Fenlon, 26, and Rick Brown, 65, died due to heart conditions.

AEDs Today recommends any sporting event, particularly strenuous events like marathons and half-marathons, have strategic placement of AEDs. To rely on paramedics and professional rescue personnel may not be enough, as has been proven too many times. We wish the woman the speediest of recoveries here at AEDs Today, and we congratulate the Detroit paramedics that were able to restore the woman's heartbeat.

To read the full story on the Detroit Marathon, click here.
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patricia McCarthy Date 1/3/2011 7:03:00 AM
My son died Sept.5th after running the Rock and Roll half marathon in Virginia beach. They did not have an AED in the "medical tent" I wish they had used one. i think he would be alive today if they did. It should be mandatory to have them at all events. Good article.
 
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