PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It is a video that demonstrates the importance of having an AED or Automatic External Defibrillator nearby. More than 14 million people watched a video of a high school volleyball player in Georgia who had a heart attack and collapsed on the court.
A school administrator used the device on the teen and brought her back to life.
An alarm goes off in office at Weinberg Elementary; it signals those around that a defibrillator is being taken out for use in an emergency because someone's heart has stopped. It could be for a parent or teacher or a kid like 10-year-old Brayden Tambonee.
"I have a heart condition," said Brayden Tambonee. Brayden's condition is called Long QT syndrome. His mom Claudia has it too; it's a congenital disorder that can trigger heart rhythms so erratic that they can lead to cardiac arrest.
"With our condition that is the only symptom, you pass out, and you need CPR and an AED to get you back on," said Claudia Tambonee.
Claudia started a non-profit called Brayden's Buddies when her son was diagnosed at age 2. She raises funds so other schools can have defibrillator too. Each unit costs $1,600.
"They don't have the funding okay, that's where Brayden's Buddies come in, we'll take care of CPR training, we'll donate an AED to your school," said Claudia.
For more information visit: http://braydensbuddy.com/