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article imageChase's Legacy becoming an Ontario reality

By KJ Mullins     Jun 6, 2011 in Health
London - Chase McEachern was a hockey fan. The Barrie, Ontario boy started playing when he was just 5. He was fast. So was his heart. He was only 10 when his family learned that he had an atrial flutter.
Chase started a campaign to make AEDs mandatory in hockey arenas and schools. The devices can quickly shock a heart back allowing helping to save people's life.
On February 9, 2006 Chase, then 11, collapsed during gym class. He never woke up. Six days later his family made the heart wrenching decision to take him off life support.
On Friday Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that the government was committing $10,000,000 to place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in public access settings across Ontario. there will also be a registry set up to track the units and link them directly into the EMS system.
"Our son Chase had a dream of seeing more defibrillators available in more public places to save more lives," said John McEachern, Chase's father. An advocate for AEDs at arenas and schools, Chase died due to complications from cardiac arrest. "My wife, Dorothy, son Cole, my mother Jean and I commend the Ontario government and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. We are proud to see Chase's memory honoured today."
The machines give an electrical shock to reset a normal heart beat. It also scans for heart rhythms and advises the first responder to administer the jolt. The use of the devices along with CPR improves survival rates by 50 percent.
Ontario passed the Chase McEachern Act in 2007 which provides liability protection to individuals who attempt to use a defibrillator in an emergency and to property owners and tenants.
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