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SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes) Foundation
February 18, 2011

Why we do it?
In 1994, while visiting Disneyland, my wife Sally collapsed and for the next 28 minutes she was without her own working heart and lungs. I called 9-11 and managed to give her CPR for the next 17 minutes until the paramedics arrived and transported her to the ER. All the while, our two young daughters had to watch the whole event unfold in front of them. At the ER, the doctors were able to get her heart restarted in the 28th minute. Sally remained in a coma for the next 3 days. They said she wouldn't make it through the night and gave her a 10% chance of surviving. We almost lost her 3 more times that first night, but she kept hanging on. She was transferred to UC Irvine and had a cardiac defibrillator implanted. Five weeks later she finally went home. Sally has spent years undergoing therapy for her brain injury (due to lack of oxygen during her collapse).Sally has "Long QT Syndrome". Ever since this tragic event unfolded, we have become involved with the SADS Foundation: doing any and everything we can to help.
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