Quick medical response and defibrillators praised
By Stewart Grant
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Connor Aarts, much local attention has been received this year on the importance of automated external defibrillators (AED) as a potentially life-saving device. In memory of fellow soccer player Andrew Stoddart who died while playing the sport in 2015, 14-year-old Connor and his family raised $4,000 to help install AEDs in local schools in the hopes of saving others.
For St. Marys Lincolns’ General Manager Glen Childerley, this issue hit home recently when his son Brendan suffered a heart attack during the intermission of his Acadia Axemen university hockey game in Halifax. Thanks to the alert response of medical staff onsite as well as the presence of a defibrillator which resuscitated the 24-year-old, Brendan Childerley is alive today.
His father noted that not all local arenas out east are equipped with AEDs. “If this had happened in nine of the other arenas, we’d be having a different conversation right now,” said Glen.
Brendan continues to recover and on March 6th dropped the puck to a standing ovation before Acadia’s hockey game versus Saint Mary’s.