If the name Hunter Helton sounds familiar, it should. He is the 14-year-old cousin of Rockies slugger Todd Helton, and he’s lucky to be alive.
Earlier in the week, the freshman basketball player for Central High in Knoxville, Tennessee, collapsed during conditioning. His coach revived him using C.P.R. and an A.E.D., or automated external defibrillator.
It is estimated, 600 to 1,000 of the 350,000 sudden cardiac deaths in the country each year occur in children or young people.
Children’s Hospital is working hard to get a defibrillator in every school possible in the metro area.