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AED Protects the Lives of HHHS Youngsters and Athletes

19 Sep 2017

Sudden cardiac arrest can be the first vivid symptom of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy disease in youngsters especially the athletes. Our school aims at raising awareness regarding cardiac risk among the youth. Dr. Mona Othman El Hage, who lost her son due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, once said, "With heart screening and better preparedness in the sport fields, we can protect the lives of young athletes and give them another chance to live longer and healthier."
To help prevent this serious problem from happening, it has been necessary to advocate for cardiac screening that was conducted at our school during the previous years by Champ's Fund, a charitable fund department of Family Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. Moreover, HHHS has provided its registered nurses with the opportunity to attend workshops about First Aid Training & Basic Life Support that were held by the Order of Nurses and AUBMC given by Champ's Fund.
Since the health and security of our students matter, Makassed Islamic Philanthropic Association has also provided HHHS with an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), which can be used in case our pupils are predisposed to sudden cardiac arrest due to several heart disorders including structural, congenital or any rhythm abnormality. It offers them a chance for survival by analyzing the rhythm and shocking the heart when necessary. In fact, we are more than privileged to be the first school in the region to own this machine.

 

Ohoud Afara
Middle and Secondary School Registered Nurse