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    This case was brought to my attention today because a reporter called the HCMA. It appears that the water park had 2 AED's yet nobody used them. Sarah fell at about 10:49am and off duty nurse was near by and noted there was no pulse - on site EMT RESPONDED - WITHOUT the AED - then called for the AED - did not use it. The ambulance arrived at 10:58- started an IV - applied a C-Collar and then at 11:06 gave the first AED shock.

    Every minute that passes between cardiac arrest and defibrillation decreases the chance success- - by approximately 10% per minute. After 10 minutes there is not much chance of life.

    This is one of the most tragic stories I have heard in a while. No death is easy to take - but to see that a chance of life was so close - well it is out right tragic and avoidable. Sarah had a good chance of survival but it was lost. I would like SOMEONE to find out WHY the AED's were not used in accordance with standard EMS procedures.


    July 14, 2004 -
    Heart problem caused girl's death, officials say

    A 12-year-old girl who collapsed at NRH20 water park Wednesday
    and died a short time later suffered from a heart condition,
    officials said.

    Sarah Friend, 12, of North Richland Hills collapsed as she
    climbed the steps of The Green Extreme water coaster at the water
    park. She was taken to North Hills Hospital, where she died of
    hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that causes that heart
    wall to become thick and disrupt the blood flow, relatives said
    Thursday.

    "We had no idea," said her mother, Laura Friend. "She had her
    physicals every year. She was a healthy, strong-spirited girl."

    Sarah had just completed her last day of junior lifeguard
    training at the water park Wednesday and was playing with a friend,
    said her father, Luther Friend.

    On Thursday, the family was still recovering from the shock of
    Sarah's death.

    Laura Friend spent all of her time with her daughter, who loved
    to stay at home. They took walks, talked about books and baked
    brownies together.

    "We fought about who would lick the bowl," she said.

    Sarah loved the water. Her mother and she were planning a pool
    party for her birthday, Aug. 10. She played the clarinet in band
    and was planning to join the choir in her last year at Smithfield
    Middle School.

    Albertsons, the company where Luther Friend is employed, will
    hold a two-minute moment of silence at 9 a.m. Saturday in its
    Metroplex stores.

    "I'm nothing without her. She was everything to me," Laura
    Friend said. "She was so beautiful, so special, the perfect child."
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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