MUNDY TWP. — After the death of a young local girl, who went into cardiac arrest during a visit to a waterpark, STAT EMS in Flint wanted to do something to help prevent such a death from happening again.
STAT EMS donated a Powerheart-G5 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Academy of Gymnastics and Arts (AGA), 6210 Lehman Dr., in Mundy Township, earlier this summer. The donation was recognized at a short presentation held at AGA on Aug. 16.
Joseph Karlichek, chief of operations for STAT EMS, said the death of 10-year-old London Eisenbeis, Feb. 15, prompted his company to donate a defibrillator to AGA Gymnastics.
“London’s death really struck a chord with us,” he said. “Our mission is not just transportation, or good response times. It’s hands on CPR (cardiopulmo- nary resuscitation) and early access to defibrillation.”
London. Of Grand Blanc, was not a student at AGA, but he said she did belong to another local gymnastics school. Those schools, he said, are closeknit and in many ways are like family.
AGA was excited and grateful for the donation.
“We are thrilled to have an AED in our building. Our gym was deeply affected after London’s passing this year; she attended another local gym in the area but was a competitive gymnast,” said Stacie Dean, Owner at AGA Gymnastics. “Having the AED in our facility helps us feel safer and more protective of our athletes. I sincerely hope we never have to use it but seeing it in the gym provides us with a sense of comfort and security we didn’t have before, we are beyond thankful to STAT EMS for this generous donation.”
Coach Leighann Kourtjian said the defibrillator adds another level of support to the already CPR trained staff.
“It’s good to have the equipment to help,” she said.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device that checks a person’s heart rhythm, and recognizes lethal dysrhythmias. The device then delivers instructions to rescuers, and automatically delivers the appropriate shock. The Powerheart G5 AED can provide potentially life-saving therapy.
Most think of adults when we think about someone having a cardiac arrest but adults are not the only ones who can suffer from cardiac arrest. Among cardiovascular deaths in athletes, 54 percent occur in high school students. For that reason, many of our schools and community centers are outfitted with AEDs in accessible locations.
“Having the right tools and resources, like an AED, is vital for the survival of our patients who suffer cardiac arrest,” said Karlichek. “With increased incidence of pediatric and sport related cardiac arrests having an AED onsite at AGA and with trained staff can make a difference in life or death. We (STAT) are proud to have partnered with such a great organization and give piece of mind to the athletes, coaches, parents and general public who attend.”
Staff at AGA have been trained in CPR and in the use of the defibrillator.