Former Steeler Collapses/ AED SAVES Sept. 10th (3 Stories)

Former Steeler UDFA Brett Greenwood Collapses After Workoutby Neal Coolong on Sep 10, 2011 7:07 AM EDT

Former Steelers undrafted free agent S Brett Greenwood was hospitalized Friday in Iowa City, Iowa, after collapsing during a workout in Bettendorf, Iowa.  The Quad City Times reported Greenwood suffered an apparent heart attack, as described by a first-hand witness to the incident.  Star-divide Greenwood, who was released by the Steelers in part of their final roster cuts, was at his high school alma mater, Pleasant Valley, in Bettendorf, Iowa Friday before a game between Pleasant Valley and Davenport West.  Greenwood was working out on the school’s practice field when he suddenly collapsed. He was transferred immediately to Trinity Bettendorf Hospital, and later, University Hospital in Iowa City.  Team Trainer Jason Viel made the comment, “his heart stopped,” and he administered one charge from a local defibrillator to restore his pulse.  This is probably a bit more editorializing than I’d care to have in a story of this nature, but the value of local schools owning Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) is beyond measure. Every year, we read stories of well-conditioned athletes collapsing on the fields of competition, and the difference between their survival and death always seems to be linked to the presence of a defibrillator.  Greenwood is an elite-level athlete, just four days from his 24th birthday.  As someone involved with high school sports, we made it a priority to own one, and I’d strongly encourage any person or organization with an interest in high school or community sports to get involved if an AED is not present.

It may have saved Brett Greenwood’s life. Martha Lopez-AndersonChair, Board of Directorstel: 800-717-5828 ext. 3  |  fax: 888-669-4924  cel: 407-399-1039
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Boy dies after collapsing while playing footballPosted on Tuesday, 09.06.11The Associated Press HOLLYWOOD, Fla. —

Officials say a 7-year-old boy collapsed while playing football with his father. He died later at a Hollywood hospital. Hollywood police say the boy was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition just after noon on Monday. Lt. Norris Redding says the boy was not breathing when rescue crews arrived. The South Florida Sun Sentinel ( http://sunsent.nl/rtTaTK) reports the child complained of feeling faint while playing football with his father. The father gave the child some Gatorade and the pair continued playing. Redding says the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of the child’s death.

Doctors Blame Young Man’s Sudden Death on Electrical Misfire in HeartUpdated: Tuesday, 06 Sep 2011, 9:18 PM EDTPublished : Tuesday, 06 Sep 2011, 9:15 PM EDTBy LINDA SCHMIDT MYFOXNY.COM –

Robert Throo, 23, grew up on Long Island, attended college in Virginia and was a star athlete. Over the weekend, Robert suddenly collapsed in an elevator in a hotel in Manhattan and died. Now Joanne and Fred Throo and their daughters are dealing with the unimaginable — the death of their son and brother. Robert, a James Madison University graduate, was in town to visit family and also attend a surfing competition in Long Beach, N.Y. Doctors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center told the Throo family that an electrical misfire in Robert’s heart caused his death. But his parents say he was an all-around athlete — a baseball star at East Islip High School — and never had a heart condition.

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