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Burke Cobb, Louisiana

by Krystle N. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On July 19, 2012, my nephew, Burke Cobb, died on the floor of his high school gym at the age of 14.

His death was caused by sudden cardiac arrest due to an unknown heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM. Burke was playing a pick-up game of basketball and there were approximately 25 students in the gym with him that day, ranging from grades 9-12. He was running down the court, felt dizzy, collapsed and was immediately unresponsive. Several students ran to his aid, but were unsure what to do for him.

This is exactly why we need to make sure all high school students receive hands on training in CPR. There were 25 potential lifesavers surrounding Burke when he died. They could have made the difference that day if only they had been taught how to do so. 

It’s time for Louisiana to create the next generation of lifesavers. By supporting House Bill 542 we can increase bystander CPR and save lives. It is the right thing to do for our children, our community and our state.

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Written by Kristen Cobb Simpson, Living4Burke Foundation