|Olivia's Memory Lives on
April 22, 2004, Olivia was taken off life support and became my Angel in Heaven.
My daughter was an organ donor. On April 27, 2004, a 4-month old girl in Maryland was the recipient of Olivia's right cornea and a 29-year old man in Texas received the left cornea.
Olivia's heart valves were normal. Her heart valves were implanted into a 2-year old boy August, 2004.
Olivia's gift gave three people a chance at a better life.
Monday, August 23 2010, an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) was donated to Rosedale Middle School in Memory of Olivia. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association made this generous donation possible. I will continue my work and be Olivia's voice, her death will not be in vain. Through me, Olivia will save lives.
“Some people only dream of angels but I’ve held an angel, Olivia, in my arms.”
I am a member of The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Parent Heart Watch SADS Foundation and the American Heart Association. I became an active member soon after my daughter's death.
Each year in the United States 350000 Americans die suddenly and unexpectedly due to cardiac arrhythmias; 3976 of them are young people under age 35. Without immediate treatment from a defibrillator 80% of SCA victims will die.
As of today one state on the West Coast is going to mandate AED's in schools Oregon. Why? Because they understand the need to do everything possible to mitigate the risk of death from the leading (yet most preventable) cause of death in America.
We, the parents who have lost children to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, ask why not California?
Liability - No the new updated version of the Good Samaritan law currently in the legislature addresses that.
One is The California Good Samaritan Act.
On any given weekday 20% of our population are on school campuses. Over 350000 people die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and a little over 3000 people per year die from fire. This means we are 100 times more likely to need an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) than a fire extinguisher. Yet we have laws and building codes requiring fire extinguishers and NOTHING for AED's.
We are hard at work pushing the Senate to approve the Josh Miller Hearts Act which would provide a pool of grant money for school districts to use to purchase AED's. If this passes it would make mandating AED's in California easier because it would offset a large portion of the start-up costs.
Most of our local schools do not have an AED on campus. For every minute that passes without defibrillation a victim's chance of survival decreases 10%. On average it takes EMS teams 6 to 12 minutes to arrive at an emergency scene. Not all rescues involving an AED are successful but when they are deployed widely and used quickly survival rates of 50% or greater have been reported a far cry from 2% to 5% survival rates from using CPR alone.
If you would like additonal information about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and how you can save young lives, please view the following websites:
Olivia's Heart Project www.oliviasheartproject.org
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association www.suddencardiacarrest.org
AED Alliance, Inc. www.AEDAlliance.org
Via Heart Project www.viaheartproject.org
Parent Watch www.parentheartwatch.org
The SADS Foundation www.sads.org
"Working Together, We Will Keep Young Hearts Beating!