Coral Springs- At 9:15 p.m. on February 14th, 2011 a life-changing event occurred at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. Michael Wolf, an otherwise healthy 59-year-old man, was out on the basketball courts when he suffered a heart attack. Trained bystanders and an AED would play a crucial role in saving his life.
As soon as Mr. Wolf collapsed, two bystanders quickly jumped into action. The bystanders are trained in CPR and AED use because of their background as hospital staff. CPR was immediately begun, and the need for the AED was realized early. The AED was placed on the patient and very soon, a shock was being delivered.
In 2007, the City of Coral Springs received a grant to begin the process of purchasing Automated External Defibrillators. Shortly after the grant was received, the City required them to be placed in certain places, such as the City Gym and other high occupancy buildings.
Early CPR and AED use can result in survival rates as high as fifty percent. Mr. Wolf realized that he would not be alive today had it not been for the early CPR and the use of the AED, so he wants to spread the word.
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Mr. Wolf and his wife, along with one of the rescuers and the actual AED that saved his life, will be brought together to inform the public through the media about the importance of AED and CPR training.
Coral Springs City Gymnasium 2501 Coral Springs Drive
Thursday April 21st, 2011
Media: There will be information available to share with your viewers. Mr. Wolf, his wife, the rescuer, and representatives from the fire department will be on hand to interview and question.