Andrew was 15 years old and the youngest of four boys. He had a healthy heart until a glancing collision, while playing baseball. This sent his heart into a fatal irregular heartbeat, called Commotio Cordis, that caused his death. Compared to SCA resulting from a heart abnormality or damage to the heart, this condition is more treatable (up to 98%) because the heart is healthy and just needs to be restarted by defibrillation within the first few minutes. The multitude of families at the ball game went from laughter to hopeless shock. To have this tragic result, from such a slight collision, is indescribable. The frame-by-frame images of the scene are traumatic and indelible on the memories of everyone who was there. A year later, the anxiety of Andrew’s death is extending beyond their immediate community.
Shortly after Andrew’s passing, Rachel Moyer, contacted Andrew’s parents, describing how she lost her 15-year-old son, Greg, ten years ago, due to an undiagnosed heart condition. The only thing that would have saved Greg and Andrew is a defibrillator (AED).
Andrew’s parents were extremely affected upon learning Rachel would not put a marker on her son’s gravesite until there was, at least, one defibrillator in every public school nationally. This evolved into an inspirational friendship that is now the AED Alliance.org. 2011 represents the 1st and 10th anniversaries of the passing of Andrew and Greg and the launch of a final push to get at least one automated external defibrillator (AED) in every public school in the nation by 2014.
The boys were well known in their community as caring, inspiring and respectful with a certain passion in living life to the fullest. They are well known for always putting others ahead of themselves. Andrew’s parents know, that Andrew would want a defibrillator on all public fields, but would rather make having one in public schools a priority for Greg. We hope you can share Andrew’s wish for being able to see a mom place a suitable marker on her son’s grave-site.
We do not want anyone or any community to undergo the aftermath of losing a loved one that possess the wonderful unique individual qualities that are immeasurable and eternal. At the very least, communities can have a peace of mind, unlike those that never will; to know everything was done, that could have been done, to save a life.
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Rachel Moyer & Harold Cohn interviewed by Channel 4, Jacksonville.
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