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Protect your heart before you play

In August 2012, students and faculty at Hall High School in Spring Valley, Illinois were stunned by the sudden cardiac death of a student football player. He died about 20 minutes into a Wednesday night practice.

Defibrillators approved for local high schools

It took years of speaking before local school boards before she finally got results, but Corinne Ruiz never gave up.

Monday night, the Kern High School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place automated external defibrillators, known as AEDs, on all its campuses.

“Tonight is such good news. It was a long time coming,” said the 60-year-old mother.

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After The Death of Her Daughter One Mother Finally Gets Defibrillators on High School Campuses

Today ABC23 News spoke with one mother who lost her daughter almost 10 years ago to cardiac arrest and since has not stopped fighting to get defibrillators on school grounds.

Corinne Ruiz lost her daughter Oliva to cardiac arrest in 2004 and says although Olivia is gone, it is her daughter that keeps her going and fighting for her goal.

” I can do it, I have done it, but its because of the inspiration I have from my daughter.”

Kern High School District Considers Putting AEDs in High Schools

“The physician on duty had actually received a call from the ambulance which was en route saying, that they had a young boy who had a full arrest,” said Dr. Salvo, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Bakersfield Heart Hospital.

That boy was 15-year-old Caleb Hannink whose heart stopped beating during gym class in November.

“We knew that the chances were not good,” said Salvo.

Kern Schools Ready to Consider AEDs on its Campuses

Three months after a 15-year-old Centennial High School sophomore collapsed at school and later died, the Kern High School District has signaled it plans to move forward with placing automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, on every campus.

The KHSD board of trustees heard a staff presentation on what it would cost to implement the program Monday night at its monthly meeting, which was attended by doctors and more than a dozen emergency medical services personnel from city and county fire departments and Hall Ambulance.