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Dr. Andrew Rauh submits Letter to the Editor on Lauren's Law

by Anne S. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The celebration for Lauren’s Law, the CPR in Schools bill, continues!  Check out this great Letter to the Editor from Midwest Affiliate Board President and Illinois resident Dr. Andrew Rauh which was published in the Chicago Tribune last week.

As a cardiologist and president of the American Heart Association’s Midwest Affiliate board of directors, I’d like to applaud Rep. Dan Burke and Sen. John Mulroe for their support of the Lauren Laman Law, House Bill 3724. The bill, which passed the Illinois State Senate and is now headed to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature, ensures that all secondary schools in Illinois include CPR and AED training in their curriculum.

Lauren Laman was a high school senior in St. Charles when she went into cardiac arrest during drill team practice. While there was an AED in the school building, it was not used, and those around her didn’t perform CPR. Laman tragically passed away that day at the age of 18. The Lauren Laman Law creates a fitting legacy for her, and it will save lives in Illinois for generations to come.

We see proof of this law’s value again thanks to the Bell family of Elmhurst. Harry Bell, a high school junior, learned CPR at school, and when his father, Eric, went into cardiac arrest, he used those skills to save his life. Continue reading here

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