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Our Story: Amedeo Family

by Pamela M. on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Amedeo Family Nebraska

 My husband Ron is many things. He is a loving father to our twins, Peyton and Sophia; a hard worker and provider to support our family, a hockey player, and a survivor.

My husband was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy when he was 21.His father was a heart transplant recipient at 41 and his grandfather died suddenly long before Ron was born. As it turns out, Ron has a severe congenital form of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He is 35, has an ICD and survived cardiac arrest.

My husband went into cardiac arrest during a hockey game and luckily, by the grace of God, there was a cardiologist on the other team, a cardiac nurse in the stands, and an AED machine that was just purchased the year before. Someone had died of a heart attack in the locker room and so a collection was taken up by the hockey teams to raise enough money for an AED.

I would like to promote the importance of readiness with CPR and AED machines because you only have seconds to respond. It was because my husband was with people who could respond in seconds with CPR and when he didn't respond to CPR, used the AED and shocked him back to life.

Each day I have with my husband is a miracle. The research and advances that have helped my husband and give him the life his father and his grandfather couldn't have has been because of the work of the AHA.

I want to share our story and encourage people to know CPR, know where the AED is and learn to use it. The more people and places we have ready, the better chance we have to be ready and save a life.

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