Navigation Links
Back From the Dead: Cardiac Arrest Victim Salutes His Rescuer
Date:7/2/2008

HONESDALE, Pa., July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David Belkin died last February during a pick-up basketball game, but because of quick action by Roman Matlaga, he is alive to tell about it.

On Sunday, July 6 at 11 A.M., Belkin will be reunited with his hero. He'll present Matlaga with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation's People Saving People Award at the home of game organizer, Henry Skier, at 13 Hillcrest Rd. (behind Wayne Memorial Hospital) in Honesdale.

Also invited to the event are State Representative Mario Scavello (R-Monroe County), Representative Michael Peifer (R-Wayne County), State Senator Lisa Baker (R-District 20), and Wayne Highlands School District Superintendent Tom Jenkins.

In February 2007, Belkin, 65, of Bethesda, MD, was a guest at the basketball game's cold-weather venue, Lakeside Elementary School. Matlaga, one of the regulars, was there when David drained a fade away jumper, then collapsed.

Matlaga, an emergency physician, recognized the condition as "sudden death" brought on by SCA. Matlaga immediately started CPR and after one shock with an automated external defibrillator (AED), David made it back to the land of the living to ask "did we win?"

The AED was at the school thanks to Pennsylvania House Bill 4 of 2001 which provided two free AEDs to every school district and HB 1789 of 2007, sponsored by Rep. Scavello, which emphasized the need for AEDs in schools and required schools to offer CPR-AED training to school employees and volunteers.

"Nearly 500 people die from sudden cardiac arrest every day," SCA Foundation president Mary Newman said. "The vast majority could be saved with a quick combination of CPR and defibrillation." Although Matlaga is a doctor, Newman emphasized that anyone can help an SCA victim if they have the courage to step up and if an AED is readily available.

Also instrumental in saving Belkin's life were Jenkins and retired Superintendent Paul Edwards, who pushed for AEDs in all district schools. "Wayne Highlands School District should be commended for its wisdom and foresight," said Newman.

Rachel Moyer, an AED advocate whose son 15-year-old Gregory died from SCA in 2000, was a driving force behind the legislation.

NOTE TO MEDIA: OPPORTUNITY FOR LIVE INTERVIEWS

About the SCA Foundation:

The SCA Foundation (http://www.sca-aware.org) is a national nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh. Its mission is to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save more lives.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. American Lung Association Commends U.S. House of Representatives for Passage of Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation Act
2. The AtriCure Minimally Invasive Platform Highlighted by Prominent Cardiac Surgeons and Electrophysiologists at Cardiostim in Nice, France
3. Tomorrows care today: Lumax 540 cardiac devices launched at Cardiostim
4. Tim Russerts Death Provides Important Opportunity for News Media to Increase Public Awareness of How to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest
5. Tim Russerts Sudden Cardiac Death May Have Been Preventable
6. HeartCentrix Informatics Solution from Cardiac Science Now Certified with Allscripts Electronic Health Records
7. Older Diabetics Risk of Cardiac Ischemia Lower Than Thought
8. Cardiologists Warn Proposed Changes Would Close Outpatient Cardiac Cath Labs
9. Axsun Technologies Announces Exclusive Cardiac Supply Agreement for Advanced OCT Tunable Lasers with LightLab Imaging
10. Treatment guidelines lead to four-fold increase in survival rate for cardiac arrest
11. American Heart Association Survey Reveals Americans Lack Confidence in Lifesaving Skills for Common Cardiac Emergency
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ProVest Insurance Group, a family ... and Raleigh regions, is organizing an extended charity drive to benefit the family ... abnormality. , After struggling since birth with several health challenges, T.J. was later ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The International Association of Eating ... excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces the opening of early registration ... Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. , The annual ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families have ... many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the client has ... period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits from ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... be giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success ... focuses on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent and ... apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million Americans ... frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about 75 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a leader ... and immune-engineering today announced the launch of EpiVax ... of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided ... access to enabling technologies to the new precision ... lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. Gad ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... Ky. , Sept. 19, 2017   ZirMed Inc ... predictive analytics, today announced that it has been ranked #1 ... Black Book™ Rankings 2017 User Survey. ZirMed was ... solution for large hospitals and medical centers over 200 beds ... Black Book,s healthcare technology user survey history. ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... LAKES, N.J. , Sept. 12, 2017  Consumer reviews on ... Embrace Hearing as the number one company for hearing aids, ... ReSound™ and fifteen other brands. ... Embrace Hearing Named #1 by Consumers For Hearing Aids ... Embrace Hearing is an online store that provides ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: